The joy of children starting back at Toothill Primary School in a brand new building in early September be amongst them.
An innocent trip to the play park on 7 August, across the footbridge to Westlea not far from his home in Affleck Close, Toothill, with his friend Dean Harle, 7, ended in a tragic accident when the boys ran across Westlea Drive into the path of a double decker bus.
Bus passengers and residents living at Risingham Mead and Watercrook Mews next to Westlea Drive rushed to help before the emergency services arrived.
Sadly Ashley was pronounced dead at the scene and Dean was rushed to Frenchay Hospital, Bristol with serious head injuries. Dean, from Oakham Close, who attends Oliver Tomkins Junior School marked his eighth birthday whilst in hospital.
The Stagecoach driver was severely shocked and Wiltshire Police do not believe he was at fault.
In a statement released by Wiltshire police on 21 August, Ashley’s parents said, "Today is the funeral of our much loved son Ashley, we would ask that our privacy is respected during this very difficult time for us.
“Ashley was a happy and fun loving child, he was known to his family and friends as ‘Bash.’ He had a cheeky smile that would always spread joy and happiness wherever he went.
“He loved playing football and would always like others to join in his games. Ashley had lots of friends and was adored by the local Toothill community; he will always be sadly missed but greatly remembered by everybody that knew him.
“Ashley was very close to his two brothers Keiron and Ryan and their lives will never be the same again without their ‘cheeky’ little brother.”
Toothill Primary headteacher Martyn Cowell said, “this tragedy has left us all devastated. Ashley was a great little character who would greet everyone with a big smile. He found fun in everything and his warm personality endeared him to both adults and children alike.
“Our thoughts are with his family and we extend our hopes to Dean and his family for his recovery.”