Another casualty was recorded in the columns of the Ashbourne Telegraph this week: Private Fred Bull, who had been injured in the Battle of the Aisne returned to England with a bullet wound to his left shoulder. He had been fighting with the Sherwood Foresters when caught by enemy fire. The paper reported he had crawled three quarters of a mile through a turnip field to reach the Red Cross before being repatriated.
An officer, reported wounded in the previous edition of the Telegraph, was given a hero’s reception on his return to the town: “On Saturday morning a most enthusiastic welcome was accorded to Major Rudolph G Jelf, King’s Royal Rifles, on his return from the seat of war to his home at Offcote Hurst. The Major motored from Derby and on arrival in Ashbourne his car was stopped several times by the cheering crowds which assembled to welcome him.”
On behalf of The Derbyshire Soldiers’ Comforts Committee, Maud, Duchess of Devonshire, reported that up to September 25, the following aid had been despatched from Chatsworth House: “To the 3rd Battalion Sherwood Foresters, 1,000 pairs of socks; To the 5th Battalion Sherwood Foresters, 500 pairs of socks and 300 grey Hanner shirts; To the 6th Battalion Sherwood Foresters, 590 pairs of socks (special gift) and 381 khaki flannel shirts; To the 9th Battalion Sherwood Foresters, 250 pairs of socks; to the 6th City of London Rifles, 210 pairs of socks and 220 helmet; to the Recruiting Office at Buxton, 50 pairs of socks (from Chatsworth); to Lady French 500 pairs of socks; to the Derbyshire Territorials Service Corps 40 helmets and 48 scarves.”
Readers were exhorted not to hoard blankets, as “Lord Kitchener wants them for the New Army”.
Elsewhere Mrs Preston of Broadlow Ash was appealing for people of Ashbourne to provide a plum pudding for each of the town’s territorials, while in Mappleton the ‘ladies’ had been gathering blackberries, which with Mrs Wheen’s apples had been made into jam to be sold to provide ‘necessities’ for the soldiers.
The Telegraph’s publisher JH Henstock, printer and stationer was advertising the Magpie Stylo Pen and also books at 2d a week from his library in Market Place.