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May 25, 1917

News that 19-year-old Private Frank Henstock, “a bright and promising boy” had been killed was reported in the columns the Ashbourne Telegraph. The passing of his young life merited a single paragraph on page 2 under the News in Brief … Continue reading

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May 4, 1917

The abiding image of the First World War for many of us is of the mud and the cold of the trenches of northern Europe, but other servicemen faced very different conditions on the African continent. A letter had been … Continue reading

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April 27, 1917

An Ashbourne veteran of the South African War who joined the 18th Hussars in the early days of The Great War was reported to have been killed in action in France. Trooper Fred Courtman, of Mayfield Road, left a wife … Continue reading

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February 23, 1917

Food, or rather the shortage of it, was a recurring theme in the columns of the Ashbourne Telegraph in early 1917, reflecting the national picture which had seen the Government appoint a Food Controller. Lord Devonport, officially the Minister of … Continue reading

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January 19, 1917

A German shell claimed the lives of nearly two dozen artillerymen in the first few days of 1917 – including a young man from Ashbourne. Gunner WJ Sellers’ mother was notified of his death in short, perfunctory letter from his … Continue reading

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December 8, 1916

  In the early months of the war news correspondents had been banned from the battlefields of France and Belgium and even when the restrictions were lifted the national newspapers’ writers were tightly controlled and subject to War Office propaganda. … Continue reading

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May 12, 1916

A hundred years ago this week Parliament was discussing the introduction of the Daylight Saving Bill which, if passed, would see clocks put forward one hour on Sunday, May 21, 1916, to save on the cost of artificial lighting. The … Continue reading

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April 21, 1916

Earlier in the spring the proprietor of the Ashbourne Telegraph had warned readers of the impending shortage of newsprint – the paper on which the Telegraph was printed. This week in 1916 the pagination dropped from its customary eight pages … Continue reading

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April 14, 1916

News of the death of another Ashbourne soldier on the front line reached the town in a letter to clergyman Canon Morris this week in 1916. Private Albert Housely had been shot by a sniper on April 3, while serving … Continue reading

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December 3, 1915

A Sherwood Forester was awarded the French Medaille Militaire – for his service with French forces at Hooge. Harry Wright, of the 6th Cyclist Corps had been commended by his commanding officer for distinguished conduct and General Foch of the … Continue reading

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