Monthly Archives: April 2016

April 28, 1916

Since the early days of the war many letters from soldiers serving overseas had been published in the Ashbourne Telegraph, often giving detailed accounts of life – and death– on the front line. Many of those letters must have escaped … Continue reading

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April 21, 1916

Earlier in the spring the proprietor of the Ashbourne Telegraph had warned readers of the impending shortage of newsprint – the paper on which the Telegraph was printed. This week in 1916 the pagination dropped from its customary eight pages … Continue reading

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April 14, 1916

News of the death of another Ashbourne soldier on the front line reached the town in a letter to clergyman Canon Morris this week in 1916. Private Albert Housely had been shot by a sniper on April 3, while serving … Continue reading

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April 7, 1916

Not six, but eight men were featured in the Ashbourne Telegraph’s scrapbook this week in 1916, with two officers joining the ordinary soldiers for recognition in the weekly feature. Professional soldier Captain Philip Lyon was one of four sons of … Continue reading

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