Tag Archives: Duke of Devonshire

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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June 23, 1916

A letter from the Duke of Devonshire was reproduced in the Ashbourne Telegraph this week, appealing for men to sign up for the newly-formed Derbyshire Volunteers. “Sir, The Derbyshire Volunteer Regiment having been officially recognised, I venture to make an … Continue reading

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September 10, 1915

The Chatsworth Rifles – officially known as the 16th (Service) Battalion Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment ­– had been ordered south. The men had been training at Buxton and Redmires, near Sheffield. The Ashbourne Telegraph stated that the battalion was the … Continue reading

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December 11, 1914

Four months into the war, the reports of casualties in the pages of the Ashbourne Telegraph were taking on a degree of inevitability. On page five the newspaper recorded the death of another Ashbourne soldier killed in action. Private Owen … Continue reading

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October 30, 1914

R. Ward of St John Street decided on a topical approach to promoting the sale of fireworks – claiming they were suitable for blowing up the German Emperor. On Page 5 one headline in particular catches the eye; although it … Continue reading

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