Tag Archives: First World War

February 8, 1918

Despite the fact that women had had stepped into the gaps left by men in agriculture, munitions factories and other industries, in 1918 it was still considered a woman’s job to run the home. And housewives were called upon to … Continue reading

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January 25, 1918

A soldier who had decided to ‘wait a day or two’ before taking leave to return home was killed when an exploding trench mortar buried him and another man. Sergeant F Moorcroft, who was just 22, was one of two … Continue reading

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January 11, 1918

Full military honours were accorded to Private Samuel Chell, of the Sherwood Foresters who died of tuberculosis in Ashbourne on January 3, 1918. His funeral was reported this week in the Ashbourne Telegraph. The 28-year-old had already completed six years’ … Continue reading

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January 4, 1918

Although readers did not know it at the time, 1918 was to be the final year of The Great War. The editor of the Ashbourne Telegraph took space on page two of the first edition of the new year to … 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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December 21, 1917

A 19-year-old soldier, who had worked in the Ashbourne branch of the Derby Co-operative Society, was reported to have died a hero while fighting with the North Staffordshire Regiment. Albert Mellor, who had only joined up in February, was said … Continue reading

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December 14, 1917

Newly-married George Price was killed by a shell just three days after returning to the Flanders front line. Private Price, who was serving with the Machine Gun Corps, had been on a fortnight’s leave, returning to Ballidon on Friday, November … Continue reading

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December 7, 1917

Thirteen Ashbourne men were listed as being prisoners of war. No fewer than seven had been serving with the Sherwood Foresters when they were captured by enemy forces. Drummer G Atkin, Corporal HJ Chell, Privates J Renshaw, Alfred Taylor, F … Continue reading

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November 30, 1917

In the early months of the war Ashbourne Telegraph reports of fatalities were often accompanied by graphic details of the shells and gunfire. By 1917, whether through a form of battle-fatigue or to protect the sensibilities of the readers, descriptions … 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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