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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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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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October 25, 1918

A young soldier, who had recently received the Military Medal for conspicuous bravery in the field, was reported to have been fatally wounded in France. Private WH Phipps, 24, of the Suffolk Regiment, had experienced the full horrors of the … Continue reading

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October 18, 1918

The readers of the Ashbourne Telegraph had become accustomed to hearing about fatalities on the battlefields of Europe and beyond, but this week there were a series of fatalities closer to home. Pneumonia carried off three young people in the … Continue reading

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October 11, 1918

The second of two brothers became the latest Ashbourne soldier reported to have been killed as British troops continued to push back the German line in Flanders. Lance-Corporal Clifford Kitchen, whose younger brother Harry had been killed in September 1915 … Continue reading

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October 4, 1918

Flags and garlands were hung in the street to welcome home a soldier who had been on active service for three years and eight months. Private T Fowell, sixth son of Mr and Mrs Fowell of Mayfield Road, Ashbourne, returned … Continue reading

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September 27, 1918

Although there was no mention of the sinking of the Galway Castle itself, the Ashbourne Telegraph reported that an Ashbourne serviceman had been saved from the mailship, torpedoed in heavy seas by a German U-boat about 160 south of Fastnet … Continue reading

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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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