Monthly Archives: March 2018

March 29, 1918

A Derbyshire Sherwood Forester, ‘mentioned in dispatches’ for having scored both goals in the Ashbourne soldiers’ game of Shrovetide Football played in France was this week reported wounded in action. Corporal Jack Vallance, who had previously worked at Smart’s Quarry … Continue reading

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March 22, 1918

Not for the first time during the course of the war, the editor of the Ashbourne Telegraph decided to run a piece predicting the end of hostilities. In what appears to be a syndicated column entitled A Letter from London, … Continue reading

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March 15, 1918

A dearth of news of Ashbourne district servicemen in recent weeks came to a tragic end with the announcement that two more soldiers had lost their lives as a result of injuries received in fighting. Private James Lee, son of … Continue reading

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March 8, 1918

News of Shrovetide Football being played by soldiers serving in France had reached the offices of the Ashbourne Telegraph, via a resident who had received a letter from a friend in the army. “On Shrove Tuesday we kept up the … Continue reading

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March 1, 1918

The demand for able-bodied men to fight the ‘German hordes’, and for others physically capable to work in military support was showing no signs of letting up as Spring dawned in 1918. Fit workers in some industries were ‘badged’ to … Continue reading

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