Tag Archives: Gallipoli

January 19, 1917

A German shell claimed the lives of nearly two dozen artillerymen in the first few days of 1917 – including a young man from Ashbourne. Gunner WJ Sellers’ mother was notified of his death in short, perfunctory letter from his … Continue reading

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February 11, 1916

Not since the early weeks of the war when the pagination of the Ashbourne Telegraph was reduced from its traditional eight broadsheet pages was the question of a shortage of paper the subject of reports in the columns of the … Continue reading

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November 26, 1915

In a major departure from its normal policy the Ashbourne Telegraph this week devoted page three to war coverage. An eye-catching graphic took up the centre of the page, including unfurled flags set amid classical columns as a back drop … Continue reading

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September 24, 1915

The pressure on menfolk to enlist was brought into sharp focus by the Ashbourne Telegraph’s Notes and Comments column. The correspondent said he had witnessed a group of small boys who had found a novel way of encouraging men to … Continue reading

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September 17, 1915

It had been many weeks since the Ashbourne Telegraph last reported a local serviceman killed in action, but the edition of September 17, 1915, brought news of two fatalities. George Henry Hudson would have been well known in the area, … Continue reading

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September 3, 1915

The Great War was entering its 14th month in September 1915, but much of everyday life continued in Ashbourne. The editor of the Ashbourne Telegraph appeared to have adopted a ‘keep calm and carry on’ attitude to the selection of … Continue reading

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August 13, 1915

The fear of spies, previously derided by the Ashbourne Telegraph’s columnist, appeared to taking hold across the country. A letter from the Anti German Union appealed for readers of the paper to pass on details of anyone: “Disseminating disloyal or … Continue reading

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