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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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July 12, 1918

The seemingly insatiable demand for more men to join the armed forces in the front line was forcing the pace in reforming what had previously been established gender roles. A public meeting was called in Ashbourne Town Hall on July … Continue reading

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July 5, 1918

A judge took it upon himself to warn soldiers that their service to King and Country was no excuse for breaking the law at home. “After disposing of six bigamy cases in less than three hours at Derby Assizes on … Continue reading

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June 28, 1918

For many weeks following the German Offensive, readers of the Ashbourne Telegraph had read news of soldiers, killed, wounded, missing or being held prisoner by the Germans. The ‘Local Military Items’ this week were less harrowing. First was news that … Continue reading

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June 21, 1918

The stoical forbearance for which Great War soldiers are noted was exemplified in a ‘field card’ written by a wounded Derbyshire soldier. “Dear Mother, Father and all. I have gone through the operation alright, and I think I have got the … Continue reading

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June 14, 1918

A soldier who enlisted in January 1915 had been seriously wounded – the fourth time he had been invalided from the trenches. Private WJ Tully of the Gordon Highlanders, who went out to France in March 1915 was reported to … Continue reading

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June 7, 1918

The Ashbourne Territorials had been on camp at Hunmanby in North Yorkshire on August  3, 1914, when “sinister reports” prompted them to break camp and head for Derbyshire. The men disembarked the train at Derby, sleeping in the Drill Hall, … Continue reading

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May 31, 1918

Regular readers of the Ashbourne Telegraph, anxious for news of friends, would have turned each week to page five, column three, which was the established position for ‘Local Military Items’. In recent weeks there had been many deaths reported – … Continue reading

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May 24, 1918

An experienced Ashbourne soldier was awarded the Military Cross for his “fearless devotion to duty in the face of the enemy” on the Western Front. Captain Graham Callow, whose family lived in Green Road, had been involved in his battalion’s … Continue reading

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May 17, 1918

Residents gathered in the Parish Church for what the Ashbourne Telegraph described as ‘one of the most notable’ memorial services to servicemen who had lost their lives since the outbreak of war, nearly four years previously. “The vast congregation assembled … Continue reading

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