Monthly Archives: January 2017

January 26, 1917

      A tragic coincidence befell an old-established Ashbourne family this week 100 years ago. Frederick Davenport, who had worked in the family’s brass foundry business, was taken suddenly ill and died a few days later, on Friday January … Continue reading

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January 19, 1917

A German shell claimed the lives of nearly two dozen artillerymen in the first few days of 1917 – including a young man from Ashbourne. Gunner WJ Sellers’ mother was notified of his death in short, perfunctory letter from his … Continue reading

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January 12, 1917

The editor of the Ashbourne Telegraph – The West Derbyshire and North Staffordshire Newspaper – once again took space on the front page of the paper to tackle the major issue of the day. In the first week of the … Continue reading

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January 5, 1917

The front page of the Ashbourne Telegraph, in common with the majority of newspapers of the day, was habitually filled with advertisements and auction sale announcements; a noticeboard for the town. But the edition dated January 5, 1917 carried A … Continue reading

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