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Stuart Ashfield

1963 - 1984

Stuart in 1980


The young son of a well-known Worthing family has been killed on duty with the Royal Marine Commandos in Norway. Stuart Ashfield (20), whose wife and baby daughter live in Plymouth, died in a road accident on Saturday.

Marine Commando Ashfield was driving a Land Rover when it was involved in a collision with a coach. He was the only one aboard. He had taken members of his unit to a training area and was returning to base.

Stuart was a member of the Royal Marines ski-ing unit on arctic battle training exercises and was on his third visit to Norway.

His parents, Mr. Brian and Mrs. Maureen Ashfield, of Drummond Road, West Worthing, had news of his death on Saturday. Mr. Ashfield told the W.S.G. this week that after an inquest in Norway his son's body would be brought back to England. Cremation will take place at Worthing Crematorium and Mr. Ashfield will later go out from Worthing Yacht Club to scatter his son's ashes in the English Channel.


Stuart left Tarring High School at the age of 16 to become a Royal Marines cadet. He was one of the outstanding members of 8th Worthing Sea Scouts and was also a member of Worthing Swimming Club. His parents have been active helpers in both organizations.

Stuart enjoyed many outdoor activities; ski-ing, climbing, hiking and outward bound activities were among his favourites.

Mr. Peter Wilson, Assistant Scout Leader of the 8th Worthing Sea Scouts, said: "He was an outstanding boy; a lad of infectious spirit who would inspire others."

Mr. Wilson said Stuart was the fourth member of the 8th Worthing group to be lost in tragic circumstances in recent years.

Tragedy No. 4 for 'fated' Scouts

TRAGEDY has struck a Worthing Scout group for the fourth time.

Stuart Ashfield, 20, of Drummond Road, Worthing, a leading member of the 8th Worthing Sea Scouts, has died in a road accident in Norway.

The accident follows the death of Stuart's best friend, Michael Beckett, who was 21 when he died after a hit and run accident in Florida in September 1981.

And another former member of the group, Karen Sprankling, 19, died in the same crash.

In 1973 another Sea Scout from the group, Jeremy Webber, drowned after falling overboard at sea.

Stuart, whose mother Maureen is the Scout Group's Cub Scout leader, was on duty with the Royal Marine Commandos in Norway when the crash happened.

He was driving a Land Rover that was involved in a collision with a coach.

His father Brian is a former Venture Scout leader and instructor with the group.


Stuart left Tarring High School at 16 to become a Royal Marines cadet.

His instructor and former assistant Venture Scout leader, Mr Simon Jordan, 23, said today: "It is tragic. Our group seems fated.

"Stuart loved mountain walking and was the first one up a mountain if necessary, always willing to give everything a go." he said. "He wasn't afraid to do anything.

"He was a very popular member of the group, and will be sadly missed."

An inquest will be held in Norway, then Stuart's body will be brought back to Worthing for cremation. His ashes are to be scattered at sea.

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