Tag Archives: Ashbourne

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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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 14, 1917

A ‘strikingly simple’ memorial service at Ashbourne Parish Church for the soldiers who had fallen on the battlefield in recent weeks attracted a great congregation. A parade, headed by the Ashbourne Old Volunteer and Osmaston bands marched from the Market … 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 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 10, 1917

Although there was no news report of the incident in the Ashbourne Telegraph, the Notes of the Week Column on the front page celebrated ‘the Press Correspondents’ unanimous praise’ of the gallant Sherwood Forester’s capture of Westhoek on the Ypres … 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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July 6, 1917

                        An extraordinary confrontation took place at Ashbourne Rural Military Tribunal, where Sir Hugo FitzHerbert, of Tissington Hall, was applying for an exemption for 26-year-old JW Wright, whom he … Continue reading

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