I very much doubt that he would have stated the full details of his apprenticeship and master when joining up unless he was legally allowed to leave or had finished his apprenticeship. I do have a very few service records that contain a character reference from the person's employer.
If it was a private indenture for his apprenticeship you stand little chance of the record having survived. It would be worth checking archives to see if any family/company papers for Mr Ashplant have been deposited. Also worth doing a name search on local archives catalogues to see if anything is held for your person.
« Back to index | View thread »