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July 12, 1918

The seemingly insatiable demand for more men to join the armed forces in the front line was forcing the pace in reforming what had previously been established gender roles. A public meeting was called in Ashbourne Town Hall on July … Continue reading

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July 5, 1918

A judge took it upon himself to warn soldiers that their service to King and Country was no excuse for breaking the law at home. “After disposing of six bigamy cases in less than three hours at Derby Assizes on … Continue reading

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December 28, 1917

The final 1917 edition of the Ashbourne was published on Friday, December 28, and looked much like the newspaper had done ever since the shortage of newsprint had forced the editor to cut pagination from eight pages to six and … Continue reading

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November 23, 1917

Bombardier Walter Burton’s young face gazes out from the pages of the Ashbourne Telegraph, as it reports the deaths of two more soldiers killed in action. Burton, who was 26, had left his job at Tissington Hall and joined the … Continue reading

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November 9, 1917

A lengthy letter from the chaplain of 103 Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, brought news of the death in action of Bombardier Douglas Hepworth. Hepworth had been in the Army three years and out in France for two. He had been … Continue reading

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November 2, 1917

Not for the first time, the suggestion that it ‘would all be over by Christmas’ was being touted, and the Ashbourne Telegraph picked up the theme for its front page editorial, as the country entered the 40th month of the … 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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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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June 29, 1917

The deaths of two village men was the most prominent news item in the Ashbourne Telegraph as June drew to a close in the summer of 1917. Private George Mellor of the Scottish Rifles had been killed in action in … Continue reading

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June 22, 1917

Not for the first time, the reporting of war-related items at home took precedence over news from the front this week in 1917. Although there was news of a soldier being killed in action, far greater space was devoted to … Continue reading

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