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December 7, 1917

Thirteen Ashbourne men were listed as being prisoners of war. No fewer than seven had been serving with the Sherwood Foresters when they were captured by enemy forces. Drummer G Atkin, Corporal HJ Chell, Privates J Renshaw, Alfred Taylor, F … Continue reading

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November 30, 1917

In the early months of the war Ashbourne Telegraph reports of fatalities were often accompanied by graphic details of the shells and gunfire. By 1917, whether through a form of battle-fatigue or to protect the sensibilities of the readers, descriptions … Continue reading

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November 23, 1917

Bombardier Walter Burton’s young face gazes out from the pages of the Ashbourne Telegraph, as it reports the deaths of two more soldiers killed in action. Burton, who was 26, had left his job at Tissington Hall and joined the … Continue reading

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November 16, 1917

The latest Ashbourne recruit to the Sherwood Foresters to have ‘died a soldier’s death’ was Lance Sergeant Stevenson. Stevenson, who was 31, had worked at the Foster Brothers’ fishing tackle works in the town before joining up in November 1914. … Continue reading

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November 9, 1917

A lengthy letter from the chaplain of 103 Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, brought news of the death in action of Bombardier Douglas Hepworth. Hepworth had been in the Army three years and out in France for two. He had been … Continue reading

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November 2, 1917

Not for the first time, the suggestion that it ‘would all be over by Christmas’ was being touted, and the Ashbourne Telegraph picked up the theme for its front page editorial, as the country entered the 40th month of the … Continue reading

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October 26, 1917

A former Boy Scout, who joined the Sherwood Foresters as a bugler at the age of 17 was the latest Ashbourne teenager to make the ultimate sacrifice. Thomas Henry Mainwaring, who signed up in November 1914 was not yet 20 … Continue reading

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October 19, 1917

The Ashbourne Empire was promising cinemagoers and ‘exceptionally interesting picture’ among its programme for the coming weeks. With the Fighting Forces of Europe was to be shown in six parts, tracing the Great War from its origins in the troubles … Continue reading

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October 12, 1917

Such was the frequency of fatalities among Ashbourne’s soldier that the headline ‘Another Ashbournian Killed’ was reused in edition after edition. In the days of letterpress printing the line of type may have actually been lifted over from one week … Continue reading

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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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