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January 2019

This weekly ‘real time’ analysis of the Ashbourne Telegraph during the years of the First World War will no longer be updated. Great War Reports, has been published since July 1914 in the current day Ashbourne News Telegraph as well … Continue reading

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December 27, 1918

Weather extremes have always been a staple of newspaper coverage, particularly over the difficult Christmas period when public holidays interrupt the usual workflow. It was no different in 1918, when a sudden snowfall fired the imagination of the editorial team … Continue reading

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December 20, 1918

In the five weeks since the Armistice, 25 of Ashbourne’s prisoners of war had returned home. The remaining 20 men were expected ‘almost any time’ the Telegraph reported. “Several of the 1914 men who have been at Soltau and Hanover … Continue reading

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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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