Monthly Archives: December 2014

December 25, 1914

Although the dateline is Friday, December 25, the Ashbourne Telegraph was actually published on the Wednesday and carried a number of advertisements for Christmas presents for those still in need of gifts, including CH Coates, of the Square, Ashbourne, offering, … Continue reading

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December 18, 1914

The Ashbourne area had been gripped by numerous tales of intrigue, of treachery and enemy infiltration in recent months. A regular column, Local Notes and Comments carried a sarcastic telling of a ‘local spy scare’. The writer related that in … Continue reading

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December 11, 1914

Four months into the war, the reports of casualties in the pages of the Ashbourne Telegraph were taking on a degree of inevitability. On page five the newspaper recorded the death of another Ashbourne soldier killed in action. Private Owen … Continue reading

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December 4, 1914

Under the headline A Chance for Little Men it is reported that the War office had reduced the minimum height for recruits the armed forces and that new ‘Bantam Battalions’ were to be formed for men from 5ft tall. “There … Continue reading

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