Monthly Archives: February 2015

February 26, 1915

Although the Ashbourne Territorials were still in the UK – at Braintree in Essex – they had witnessed German fire. An air raid near their station saw a bomb dropped in a field and Derbyshire men were soon on the … Continue reading

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February 19, 1915

Fear of invasion by German forces had prompted the urgent formation of a Home Guard and bolstered calls for more urgent recruitment of men to the armed services. Page 3 of the Ashbourne Telegraph was unusually dominated by an illustration … Continue reading

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February 12, 1915

The enthusiasm for the establishment of a Home Guard unit in Ashbourne was mirrored by residents of nearby villages who flocked to parish meetings to discuss defending homes against a German invasion. The Telegraph’s News of the District column reported … Continue reading

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February 5, 1915

Drunkenness among the womenfolk of the nation was a causing concern with reports in the national press of a dramatic increase in the numbers frequenting pubs. L Eardley Simpson of Bank Chambers, Derby wrote to the Ashbourne Telegraph on the … Continue reading

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