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December 13, 1918

Lance Corporal Caleb Tanner, who had been killed just days before the end of hostilities had been awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal a matter of weeks before he died. His mother received the following letter from his comrades in arms: … Continue reading

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December 6, 1918

One by one, Ashbourne’s prisoners of war began to return home and each was greeted with enthusiasm as they stepped off the train. “On Friday evening Pte Pegge of Clifton was met at that station where he was met by … Continue reading

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November 29, 1918

The first Ashbourne prisoner of war to return home received a hero’s welcome when he arrived at the top of Compton this week in 1918. “Seldom has there been witnessed such an enthusiastic scene as was witnessed on Wednesday evening,” … Continue reading

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November 22, 1918

A petition from a hundred farmers in the Ashbourne district calling Saddler F Lowndes of the Royal Field Artillery to be released from military duties led local MP, Captain H Fitzherbert-Wright, to ask a question in the House of Commons. … Continue reading

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November 15, 1918

The Great War – HG Wells’ “war to end all wars”– was over. The Armistice took effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, bringing an end to hostilities which had engulfed Britain and much … Continue reading

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November 8, 1918

The end of the war was just days away – but the Ashbourne Telegraph reported the deaths of no fewer than four servicemen from the district in its second edition in November, 1918. Private WA Brassington of Gravelly Bank Farm, … Continue reading

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November 1, 1918

A decisive battleground victory in France on September 29, saw Ashbourne men serving with the Sherwood Foresters of the 46th Midland Division storm the St Quentin Canal near Belle Englise in Northern France. The assault resulted in Allied troops breaching … Continue reading

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October 25, 1918

A young soldier, who had recently received the Military Medal for conspicuous bravery in the field, was reported to have been fatally wounded in France. Private WH Phipps, 24, of the Suffolk Regiment, had experienced the full horrors of the … Continue reading

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October 18, 1918

The readers of the Ashbourne Telegraph had become accustomed to hearing about fatalities on the battlefields of Europe and beyond, but this week there were a series of fatalities closer to home. Pneumonia carried off three young people in the … Continue reading

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October 11, 1918

The second of two brothers became the latest Ashbourne soldier reported to have been killed as British troops continued to push back the German line in Flanders. Lance-Corporal Clifford Kitchen, whose younger brother Harry had been killed in September 1915 … Continue reading

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