Monthly Archives: August 2015

August 27, 1915

The National Registration census of all households had now been completed and the subject of conscription was the main item for discussion in the editorial columns of the Ashbourne Telegraph’s edition of August 27, 1915. The paper’s columnist noted that … Continue reading

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August 20, 1915

The Defence of the Realm Act, brought into force within days of the outbreak of war meant it was an offence to, among other things, fly kites, start bonfires or buy binoculars. It also introduced other wide-ranging powers which allowed … Continue reading

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August 13, 1915

The fear of spies, previously derided by the Ashbourne Telegraph’s columnist, appeared to taking hold across the country. A letter from the Anti German Union appealed for readers of the paper to pass on details of anyone: “Disseminating disloyal or … Continue reading

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August 6, 1915

In a prelude to conscription, which was to follow in 1916, it was announced that the Government was to embark on compiling a National Register of all men and women aged between 16 and 65. Its aim was to provide … Continue reading

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