Monthly Archives: May 2017

May 25, 1917

News that 19-year-old Private Frank Henstock, “a bright and promising boy” had been killed was reported in the columns the Ashbourne Telegraph. The passing of his young life merited a single paragraph on page 2 under the News in Brief … Continue reading

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May 18, 1917

Tributes were paid to four men from the Ashbourne District who had lost their lives in uniform, and a fifth, feared dead, missing in action for a month. Private Albert Hudson, a young man “who knew no fear” had been … Continue reading

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May 11, 1917

More casualties among Ashbourne fighting men were recorded this week in 1917, but not as one of the main news items as one might expect. Under the unimposing headline ‘Local Casualites’ on page 3 the deaths of two men were … Continue reading

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May 4, 1917

The abiding image of the First World War for many of us is of the mud and the cold of the trenches of northern Europe, but other servicemen faced very different conditions on the African continent. A letter had been … Continue reading

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