Tag Archives: Ashbourne Telegraph

October 5, 1917

A letter written on the Western Front brought news to Ashbourne of a second son killed. Mrs Plowman of St John Street had already mourned the loss of Alec Ford in the war. This time it was his half-brother, 19-year-old … Continue reading

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September 21, 1917

Yet another name was added to the Ashbourne Roll of Honour this week in 1917 – that of Lance-Corporal Frank Wallis of the Grenadier Guards. “The gallant young soldier who was about 22 years of age was formerly employed at … Continue reading

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September 7, 1917

The Government Order fixing the prices of everyday food items had been announced and the prices were detailed at length on the cover of the Ashbourne Telegraph in the first edition of September 1917. The cost of ham, bacon, lard … Continue reading

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August 31, 1917

Unseasonable rainfall in Belgium was turning the Flanders battlefields into a hellish quagmire in which Allied forces were literally bogged down. In the fields of England crops were in danger of rotting in the ground. “Just as the winter of … Continue reading

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August 24, 1917

A German invasion of England was still considered a possibility – albeit a remote one – in the summer of 1917, and across the country volunteers were training to repel enemy forces. The Telegraph observed: “It will be much more … Continue reading

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August 17, 1917

The columns of the Ashbourne Telegraph once more brought readers news of sons of the town, killed in action in the fields of France or Belgium. This time it struck still closer to home. Private Claude Boden had been a … Continue reading

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August 3, 1917

One of the first men in his village to volunteer for military service, on August 14, 1914, was Tom Hadfield. From a home and job in Parwich, Hadfield signed up with the 1st Lincolns and found himself involved in some … Continue reading

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July 27, 1917

July 27, 1917 In the 21st century, news of bereavement is often shared via social media, but before the advent of such digital technology the local paper was the first port of call for those intent on broadcasting their loss. … Continue reading

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July 20, 1917

News reached the town of a military promotion for a young Ashbournian. Private FS Coates, son of Mr and Mrs CH Coates of The Square, had been granted a commission in the Royal Flying Corps. Previously apprenticed to chemist James … Continue reading

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June 29, 1917

The deaths of two village men was the most prominent news item in the Ashbourne Telegraph as June drew to a close in the summer of 1917. Private George Mellor of the Scottish Rifles had been killed in action in … Continue reading

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