Walter Ashe was an Esquire Major of the King's Dragoon Guards, and served in the 9th Infantry. The 1881 census describes him as widowed.
Ashe probably served in India.
He was one of JW's creditors at his bankruptcy in 1879. JW owed him £36.19.4 [#11711]. This is possibly the same person as Major Ashe of the General Furnishing Company, 9 Southampton Street, Strand, who JW asked his solicitor James Anderson Rose in 1879 to locate concerning some furniture for him [#08763]. It appears that JW owed Major Ashe £8.17.8 [#08933].
In 1881 Ashe was living at 17 Red Lion Square with the painter Alice Mary Chambers. Ashe translated His Royal Highness the Duc d'Aumale and The Military Institutions of France (1889) and wrote Take care of Sloper, Secunderabad (1865).
UK census 1881 from http://www.familysearch.org (accessed 2004); Times, London, 22 April 1882.