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April 19, 1918

Father-of-three Private Harry Wibberley was the latest Ashbourne soldier to have made the ultimate sacrifice in the battle-scarred fields of France. The 36-year-old former Nestle factory worker joined up in 1916 and was sent out to the front in November … Continue reading

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April 12, 1918

Gunner Frank Potter of the Royal Garrison Artillery, reported wounded in the previous week’s Ashbourne Telegraph, had died from his injuries. Potter, who was 22, had written to his parents in St John Street “a very cheerful letter” telling them … Continue reading

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April 5, 1918

The face of Gunner Neville Walker looks, apparently serenely, out of the pages of Ashbourne Telegraph in a posed photograph probably taken a long way from the battlefields of France. The 24-year-old, who had been serving with the Royal Field … Continue reading

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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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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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