Monthly Archives: August 2018

August 30, 1918

Millions of animals ‘served’ in the Great War. By far the most numerous were horses, donkeys and mules, but dogs and pigeons were also used for communications. The role of the pigeon was the subject of a brief article in … Continue reading

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August 23, 1918

The Vicar of Tissington, the Rev Arthur Gage Hall was involved in an extraordinary court case – accused of using abusive language and interfering with the comfort of passengers on a Midland Railway train between London and Derby. “Mr Turner, … Continue reading

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August 16, 1918

Although there was an Ashbournian war fatality to report, it was a sensational incident in the town which claimed most column inches this week in 1918. The story which everyone would have been talking about was a dramatic accident at … Continue reading

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August 9, 1918

A crowded audience in the Ashbourne Empire heard a rousing address to the nation from the Prime Minister, read by town magistrate JP Woodyatt. “The message which I send to the people of the British Empire on the fourth anniversary of … Continue reading

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August 2, 1918

As the fourth anniversary of the declaration of war approached, Ashbourne was preparing to mark the occasion. The Ashbourne Volunteers, the Red Cross, the Boy Scouts, the Girl Guides and others were planning to assemble in the Market Place at … Continue reading

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