Tag Archives: Battle of the Somme

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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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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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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March 9, 1917

  Yet another Ashbourne soldier’s death was recorded in the columns of the Telegraph this week in 1917 but, unlike so many before him, Bombardier Wilfred Jones was the victim not of enemy fire, but ‘spotted fever’. Jones, who was … Continue reading

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November 24, 1916

A dramatic rise in the price of food warranted but a single paragraph on page three of the Ashbourne Telegraph as November drew to a close in 1916, but it must have been causing real hardship for those on fixed … Continue reading

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November 17, 1916  

The editor of the Ashbourne Telegraph paid tribute to one family’s ‘unique record’ in having six members in the King’s uniform. Mrs and Mrs M Brown of Osmaston were lauded for having five sons in the army, together with a … Continue reading

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November 10, 1916

The deaths of 91 people in a shipping disaster in a stormy Irish Channel were the main news item featured in the pages of the Ashbourne Telegraph this week in 1916. The mail ship Connemara was at the entrance to … Continue reading

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November 3, 1916

In almost story-book style the Ashbourne Telegraph told of the exploits of a young airman in the first week in November, 1916. Leonard Basil Helder, captain of cricket and captain of school at Denstone College when war broke out, and … Continue reading

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October 27, 1916

Soldiering was a serious business, even for the Home Guard, or the Ashbourne Volunteer Company as they were known in 1916. Orders for the following week were printed in each edition of the Ashbourne Telegraph, and this week there were … Continue reading

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