Austin Aloysius Ashcroft was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England on 25 July 1885 and was baptised in St Anne's Roman Catholic Church four days later. He was the son of John Joseph Ashcroft (1859-1913) and Mary Gertrude Clarke (1960-1945), both Liverpool natives who had married there in 1882.
Austin had four siblings: Harold John (b. 1883), Gertrude Mary (b. 1887), Reginald Francis (b. 1892) and Dora Alexandra (b. 1902).
The family don't appear on the 1891 census, but on the 1901 census the family are living at 35 Rappart Road, Poulton, Cheshire and his father is described as an advertising agent. By the time of the 1911 census the family have moved to 28 Canterbury Road, Seacombe, Wallasey and Austin is now listed as a shipping clerk and unmarried.
When he signed-on to the Titanic on 9 April 1912, he gave his address as 28 Canterbury Road, Seacombe, Wallasey. His last ship had been the Olympic. As a clerk he received monthly wages of £5.
Austin Ashcroft died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified.
He was mentioned on the headstone of his grandmother Alicia Ashcroft (d. 1891) who is buried in St Peter and Paul's Churchyard, Crosby, Liverpool:
GRANDSON OF THE ABOVE,
LOST IN THE "TITANIC",
15TH APRIL 1912, AGED 26 YEARS"
His father died just over a year later in Toxteth, Liverpool and was buried under the same headstone where his son was mentioned. His mother did not remarry and eventually settled in Wallasey, Cheshire where she died in 1945.