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September 20, 1918

Ashbourne Telegraph War Supplement: A THOUSAND GERMAN PRISONERS Although there were plenty of column inches devoted to the progress of the war this week in 1918, almost all of them were in the pull-out War Supplement which had been a … Continue reading

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September 13, 1918

The Defence of the Realm Act, rushed into law within days of the declaration of war gave wide ranging powers to the Government, not only restricting what newspapers could report, but making it illegal to whistle for a taxi, buy … Continue reading

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September 6, 1918

The death of another teenage soldier was recorded in a single paragraph under the oft-repeated headline Another Ashbournian Fallen. “We much regret to announce the death in action of Private Percy French, of the East Yorks Regiment who was killed … Continue reading

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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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July 26, 1918

Ashbourne Police Court heard the case of George Henry Maddison, accused of being a deserter from the Notts and Derby Regiment. The court was told that Maddison had been missing from his command since April 6. “Sergt. Burfoot stated that … Continue reading

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July 19, 1918

A curious headline on the back page of the Ashbourne Telegraph of July 19, 1918, catches the eye – Save Fruit Stones and Nut Shells. The text states that all fruit stones and hard nut shells were needed “at once … Continue reading

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