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June 22, 1917

Not for the first time, the reporting of war-related items at home took precedence over news from the front this week in 1917. Although there was news of a soldier being killed in action, far greater space was devoted to … Continue reading

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June 15, 1917

Many soldiers fell, their bodies never to be recovered, during the Great Push launched on July 1, 1916, and now better known as the Battle of The Somme. One such man was Private PV Mellor of Osmaston. Mellor’s ‘aged father’ … Continue reading

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June 1, 1917

Men in the trenches on the front line endured terrible conditions, but by all accounts enjoyed remarkable camaraderie amid the horrors of war. Back home their loved ones waited in fear and trepidation. Each day the arrival of the postman … Continue reading

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May 18, 1917

Tributes were paid to four men from the Ashbourne District who had lost their lives in uniform, and a fifth, feared dead, missing in action for a month. Private Albert Hudson, a young man “who knew no fear” had been … Continue reading

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April 27, 1917

An Ashbourne veteran of the South African War who joined the 18th Hussars in the early days of The Great War was reported to have been killed in action in France. Trooper Fred Courtman, of Mayfield Road, left a wife … Continue reading

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April 20, 1917

Under the headline Vicar’s Son Dangerously Wounded, came news that Lieutenant Francis St. Vincent Morris of the Royal Flying Corps had been seriously injured when his plane crashed in a blizzard. The accident on April 10 had resulted in a … Continue reading

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April 13, 1917

  Austerity has become a term much in vogue in recent years, but tough as life may be, it is doubtful that the current day Ashbourne News Telegraph would suggest money saving tips like those of 1917. “Save Soap: The … Continue reading

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April 6, 1917

It is not clear what prompted such optimism at the drapers CH Coates, in The Square, but the shop’s advert on Page 2 of the Ashbourne Telegraph this week in 1917 screamed: “Prepare to celebrate the coming victory!” Apparently they … Continue reading

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March 16, 1917

The draining of able-bodied and skilled men from agriculture to swell the ranks of the armed forces had been a topic for discussion since the early months of the war, and by 1917 it was considered by some to constitute … Continue reading

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March 2, 1917

For a second week the subject of food dominated much of the editorial space in the Ashbourne Telegraph as March heralded the start of spring. The paper repeated a claim published in Country Life magazine that breakfasts of porridge and … Continue reading

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