Tag Archives: Derbyshire

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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June 8, 1917

In what was momentous news in 1917, dairy farmers in the Ashbourne area voted unanimously to form a Co-Operative Association – and a lengthy report of the meeting dominated the columns of the Ashbourne Telegraph, to the exclusion of any … Continue reading

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June 1, 1917

Men in the trenches on the front line endured terrible conditions, but by all accounts enjoyed remarkable camaraderie amid the horrors of war. Back home their loved ones waited in fear and trepidation. Each day the arrival of the postman … Continue reading

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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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March 30, 1917

The call to arms in 1917 resulted in another Ashbourne business announcing that it would be closing its doors. An advertisement on page three of the Telegraph from J Gallimore, family butcher, announced that the premises would be closed from … 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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March 2, 1917

For a second week the subject of food dominated much of the editorial space in the Ashbourne Telegraph as March heralded the start of spring. The paper repeated a claim published in Country Life magazine that breakfasts of porridge and … Continue reading

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February 9, 1917

Ashbourne was in the grip of snow and ice – a cold snap that was showing now sign of a thaw. “It is many years since Ashbourne experienced such a severe spell of winter as we are experiencing now, for … Continue reading

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February 2, 1917

  The gallantry of the Sherwood Foresters’ territorials was saluted in the front page editorial column – with praise from a British Army General. The cruel jibes of ‘playing soldiers’ which some used to taunt the ‘Terriers’ in the early … Continue reading

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