Monthly Archives: July 2017

July 27, 1917

July 27, 1917 In the 21st century, news of bereavement is often shared via social media, but before the advent of such digital technology the local paper was the first port of call for those intent on broadcasting their loss. … Continue reading

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July 20, 1917

News reached the town of a military promotion for a young Ashbournian. Private FS Coates, son of Mr and Mrs CH Coates of The Square, had been granted a commission in the Royal Flying Corps. Previously apprenticed to chemist James … Continue reading

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July 13, 1917

Heavy German shelling on the morning of July 1, 1917, took the young life of Ernest Simmonds, who had enlisted in Kitchener’s Army nearly three years earlier. Lance Corporal Simmonds, from Clifton, was just 23 when he died, and it … Continue reading

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July 6, 1917

                        An extraordinary confrontation took place at Ashbourne Rural Military Tribunal, where Sir Hugo FitzHerbert, of Tissington Hall, was applying for an exemption for 26-year-old JW Wright, whom he … Continue reading

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