Tag Archives: Battle of the Somme

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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October 20, 1916

Two more fatalities were recorded in the Ashbourne Telegraph’s For King and Country column this week, accompanied by official photographs of the men in uniform. Second Lieutenant HHO Stafford who was just 21, was the son of Mr and Mrs … Continue reading

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October 13, 1916

The old adage ‘no news is good news’ may have chimed with readers of the Ashbourne Telegraph this week in 1916. For several weeks they had become used to seeing the faces and names of soldiers from the town killed in … Continue reading

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October 6, 1916

The Battle of the Somme’s terrible toll on the families of Derbyshire continued apace as the Autumn of 1916 drew in. It was the Ashbourne Telegraph’s ‘regretful duty’ to record the deaths of five more local men. Among those to … Continue reading

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