Tag Archives: Dardanelles

August 3, 1917

One of the first men in his village to volunteer for military service, on August 14, 1914, was Tom Hadfield. From a home and job in Parwich, Hadfield signed up with the 1st Lincolns and found himself involved in some … Continue reading

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June 30, 1916

An Act of Parliament dating back more than 50 years – The Volunteer Act of 1863 – was used to bring the Home Guards of Ashbourne into the regular army in the summer of 1916. A meeting of the Home … Continue reading

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January 7, 1916

Ashbourne’s Red Cross Hospital, which had been closed over Christmas admitted 12 more patients on January 4, 1916, men transferred from Derby Royal Infirmary. Not all the men had suffered injuries from enemy fire, many were incapacitated due to other … Continue reading

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September 24, 1915

The pressure on menfolk to enlist was brought into sharp focus by the Ashbourne Telegraph’s Notes and Comments column. The correspondent said he had witnessed a group of small boys who had found a novel way of encouraging men to … Continue reading

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September 17, 1915

It had been many weeks since the Ashbourne Telegraph last reported a local serviceman killed in action, but the edition of September 17, 1915, brought news of two fatalities. George Henry Hudson would have been well known in the area, … Continue reading

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September 3, 1915

The Great War was entering its 14th month in September 1915, but much of everyday life continued in Ashbourne. The editor of the Ashbourne Telegraph appeared to have adopted a ‘keep calm and carry on’ attitude to the selection of … Continue reading

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