Tag Archives: Derbyshire

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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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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