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Walter Ashton

Birthplace: New Zealand
Death: Went missing 23/4/1948 Piha, Waitakere, Auckland, New Zealand. Never found. Believed to of absconded to Australia
Immediate Family:

Son of Oswald John Ashton and Catherine Ashton
Ex-husband of Phyllis Irene Caroline Ashton/Burk
Father of George Walter Ashton; Leslie Ronald Ashton; Jocelyn Caroline; Albert Charles Ashton and Ruth Irene Dawson
Brother of Robina Gray; Oswald John Ashton; Alfred Charles Ashton and Milba Catherine Rodgers

Occupation: Union Secretary, Communist Party of New Zealand leader
Managed by: Peter James Davidson
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About Walter Ashton

Some suspect that Walter Ashton was the deceased man found upon Somerton Beach in Adelaide South Australia on 1/12/1948. However his description by NZ Police mentions a scar which isn't noted by the South Australian Coroner. see Somerton Man

When Walter Ashton was born in 1907, his father, John Oswald Ashton, was 41 and his mother, Catherine Waugh, was 35. He married Phyllis Irene Caroline Tisch on 7 September 1925, in Auckland, North Island, New Zealand. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 2 daughters. He died in 1948, at the age of 41, and was buried in Norway. According to Familysearch _ no proof cited

Last seen alive 23/4/1948. His car was found abandoned at Piha beach, Waitakere, Auckland, New Zealand on 25/4/1948. He was missing, but not presumed dead at this point. 2 weeks later a warrant was issued for his arrest after an amount of money was allegedly discovered missing.

Although some sailors came  forward to assert that they smuggled him to Australia, no actual evidence of proof of life had been presented. 
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Walter Ashton's Timeline

May 16, 1907
New Zealand
December 25, 1925
Mamaku, Rotorua District, Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand
December 15, 1927
Putāruru, Waikato, New Zealand
June 1930
Mamaku, New Zealand
November 20, 1931
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
May 15, 1934
Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand