Monthly Archives: April 2015

April 30, 1915

Within days of the outbreak of war the Government ushered in the Defence of the Realm Act, which introduced a variety of authoritarian controls including censorship of the news. Correspondents from the national press were severely restricted in what they … Continue reading

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April 23, 1915

The deaths of three townsmen in the trenches just days after landing in France had had a deep effect on Ashbourne. Under the headline Our Fallen Territorials the Telegraph reported: “Rarely, if ever, has the town of Ashbourne been moved … Continue reading

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April 16, 1915

Tragic news, which today would make banner headlines on the front page of any regional newspaper, was relayed to readers of the Ashbourne Telegraph not on page one, which was filled with advertisements, but on page 5. “It is with … Continue reading

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April 9, 1915

The war effort was being hampered by the diminishing numbers of men prepared to volunteer for armed service, and the Ashbourne Telegraph this week carried, in almost revolutionary tones, an article which blamed Government propaganda for the crisis. “Why all … Continue reading

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April 2, 1915

First hand accounts and pictures of Ashbourne men on the front line – the story of the year so far – was featured on page 5 of the edition of the Ashbourne Telegraph dated April 2, 1915. The headline was … Continue reading

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