Monthly Archives: September 2016

September 29, 1916

The deaths of three more local soldiers were reported in the columns of the Ashbourne Telegraph dated September 29, 1916, each one with a poignant personal story attached. Private Robert Spencer, 18, was serving with the 3rd/6th Sherwoods. “He was … Continue reading

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September 22, 1916

It is said that an army marches on its stomach, but to do any marching at all requires boots, and in 1916 the demand for boots was huge. The Ashbourne Telegraph reported that the Government required 2,500,000 pairs of British … Continue reading

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Battle of the Somme film event

A unique opportunity to experience The Battle of The Somme, a contemporary documentary shot and screened in 1916, in the dramatic setting of Leicester Cathedral  accompanied by live music performed by Leicester Symphony Orchestra. The event is presented by DMUlocal in association with the … Continue reading

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September 15, 1916

Long before the advent of the internet, news from around the world would have arrived in the Ashbourne Telegraph’s Market Place offices by ‘wire’ – the modern technology of the day which gave the paper its name. But readers hungry … Continue reading

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September 8, 1916

Sandwiched between an advertorial promoting Doan’s Backache Kidney Pills and a lineage advert for ‘dark green paper blinds’ being sold by the Ashbourne Telegraph’s stationery department was a single paragraph, with no headline, announced that Trooper E H Carter of … Continue reading

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September 1, 1916

  A Zeppelin air raid on the capital dominated the news in the Ashbourne Telegraph in the first week of September in 1916. The multi-deck headline announced: “Zeppelin Near London, 29 Civilian Casualties, 15 Soldiers Injured, Raider Driven off by … Continue reading

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