Monthly Archives: October 2017

October 26, 1917

A former Boy Scout, who joined the Sherwood Foresters as a bugler at the age of 17 was the latest Ashbourne teenager to make the ultimate sacrifice. Thomas Henry Mainwaring, who signed up in November 1914 was not yet 20 … Continue reading

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October 19, 1917

The Ashbourne Empire was promising cinemagoers and ‘exceptionally interesting picture’ among its programme for the coming weeks. With the Fighting Forces of Europe was to be shown in six parts, tracing the Great War from its origins in the troubles … Continue reading

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October 12, 1917

Such was the frequency of fatalities among Ashbourne’s soldier that the headline ‘Another Ashbournian Killed’ was reused in edition after edition. In the days of letterpress printing the line of type may have actually been lifted over from one week … Continue reading

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October 5, 1917

A letter written on the Western Front brought news to Ashbourne of a second son killed. Mrs Plowman of St John Street had already mourned the loss of Alec Ford in the war. This time it was his half-brother, 19-year-old … Continue reading

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