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April 26, 1918

Yet another Ashbourne teenager joined the ranks of those who had lost their lives in the trenches of the Great War. George Mellor, 18, had only been in France three weeks when he was killed by a German shell. Private … Continue reading

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February 1, 1918

A 19-year-old member of a prominent Ashbourne family was reported to have died while a prisoner in Germany. William Reginald Sturston Smith, of the Royal Flying Corps had been reported missing on October 22, but the family, at Clifton, had … 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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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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September 14, 1917

A ‘strikingly simple’ memorial service at Ashbourne Parish Church for the soldiers who had fallen on the battlefield in recent weeks attracted a great congregation. A parade, headed by the Ashbourne Old Volunteer and Osmaston bands marched from the Market … Continue reading

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August 4, 1916

  A curious item on the back page of the Telegraph purports to detail life in Ashbourne more than a hundred year previously – during the Napoleonic Wars. In an extract from a magazine, said to have been published in … Continue reading

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July 14, 1916

News of more casualties of war reached the columns to the Ashbourne Telegraph this week in 1916. Mrs Callow of Green Road, received notification that her son Lieutenant Donald Callow of the Sherwood Foresters was missing. Callow, who joined the … Continue reading

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September 25, 1914

Napoleon Bonaparte’s maxim ‘an army marches on its stomach’ ensured the authorities strived to ensure the troops were well fed, but it would appear well-meaning folk back home were keen to ensure the British soldiers should also be able to … Continue reading

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