Churchill’s grandson pays tribute to James Ashworth

The launch of Ashworth House at Lodge Park Academy
The launch of Ashworth House at Lodge Park Academy

The grandson of Sir Winston Churchill paid tribute to Corby soldier Lance Corporal James Ashworth when he visited Lodge Park Academy to open a new house in honour of the former pupil.

Nicholas Soames, MP for Mid Sussex, was invited to the school to launch Ashworth House, one of six pastoral groups each with 200 pupils.

Lance Corporal Ashworth was killed in action in Afghanistan in June 2012 and was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross.

His mum Kerry was also at the ceremony which included a short film of pupils talking about Lance Corporal Ashworth’s legacy and what his military honour meant to them, the school and to Corby.

Mr Soames, a former defence minister, said: “I am honoured to be here and to be in the presence of Mrs Ashworth.

“Winston Churchill said courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others.

“James was clearly a young man of great courage. The school is rightly very proud of James and his name will live on in the permanent memorial of Ashworth House.”

Mrs Ashworth presented the inaugural James Ashworth Award to pupil James Keogh, a member of the cadet unit, for his outstanding contribution to the academy.