Victor was called up for service at the age of 18 years and 11 months and posted to the 3rd Buffs; number G/25996 (although his preferred regiment was noted as The Royal Engineers). He was five feet eight and a half inches tall, a farm labourer who gave his next of kin as his father, James Ashford.
Victor remained in
for just over four months before being sent to with on 28th September
1918. He joined the 10th Battalion in
the Field on 5th October 1918 and remained with it until 5th December when he
was admitted to the 51st Casualty Clearing Station with bronchitis. He was moved to the 53rd France General Hospital
at Boulogne two days later and then, on 17th
January 1919, returned to
from Wimereux aboard the Hospital Ship Jan Breydel. The following day he was
admitted to the 1st England Western General Hospital in Liverpool
where he remained until 21st February when he was granted leave to return home
until the 3rd March.
On 27th November that year, medically classified as B2, Victor was demobilised and awarded a final pension of five shillings and sixpence a week for one year.