Monthly Archives: December 2016

December 29, 1916

The bravery of British soldiers, including the Sherwood Foresters at Neuve Chapelle was retold in a national publication as 1916 drew to a close. The Christmas Strand magazine in 1916 was a double issue and included the latest instalment by … Continue reading

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December 22, 1916

Professional soldier Sergeant George Bentley was the latest casualty of war to be reported in the columns of the Ashbourne Telegraph as the town prepared for the third Christmas of the conflict. Bentley, of Cubley, had been killed on November … Continue reading

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December 15, 1916

In mid November 1916 the Ashbourne Telegraph carried the photographs of five brothers, sons of Mr and Mrs Brown of Union Street, who were all serving in the army. This week the paper announced the death of one of those … Continue reading

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December 8, 1916

  In the early months of the war news correspondents had been banned from the battlefields of France and Belgium and even when the restrictions were lifted the national newspapers’ writers were tightly controlled and subject to War Office propaganda. … Continue reading

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December 1, 1916

For the first time since the outbreak of war the Ashbourne Telegraph was reduced to just four pages in the first week of December 1916. There had been mention of paper shortages and the pagination had long since been reduced … Continue reading

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