Monthly Archives: February 2018

February 22, 1918

Food Rationing was an imminent reality for the people of Ashbourne with ration cards for meat, butter, margarine and tea delivered during the course of the week by Elementary School staff who had volunteered for the role. Classes in the district … Continue reading

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February 15, 1918

One story dominated the pages of the Ashbourne Telegraph in mid-February, 1918, as it had done in previous years and would a century more – Shrovetide Football. The writer reporting on the game – which ended Upwards 1 Downwards 1, … Continue reading

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February 8, 1918

Despite the fact that women had had stepped into the gaps left by men in agriculture, munitions factories and other industries, in 1918 it was still considered a woman’s job to run the home. And housewives were called upon to … Continue reading

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February 1, 1918

A 19-year-old member of a prominent Ashbourne family was reported to have died while a prisoner in Germany. William Reginald Sturston Smith, of the Royal Flying Corps had been reported missing on October 22, but the family, at Clifton, had … Continue reading

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