Tag Archives: Great War

July 19, 1918

A curious headline on the back page of the Ashbourne Telegraph of July 19, 1918, catches the eye – Save Fruit Stones and Nut Shells. The text states that all fruit stones and hard nut shells were needed “at once … Continue reading

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July 12, 1918

The seemingly insatiable demand for more men to join the armed forces in the front line was forcing the pace in reforming what had previously been established gender roles. A public meeting was called in Ashbourne Town Hall on July … Continue reading

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July 5, 1918

A judge took it upon himself to warn soldiers that their service to King and Country was no excuse for breaking the law at home. “After disposing of six bigamy cases in less than three hours at Derby Assizes on … Continue reading

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June 21, 1918

The stoical forbearance for which Great War soldiers are noted was exemplified in a ‘field card’ written by a wounded Derbyshire soldier. “Dear Mother, Father and all. I have gone through the operation alright, and I think I have got the … Continue reading

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June 14, 1918

A soldier who enlisted in January 1915 had been seriously wounded – the fourth time he had been invalided from the trenches. Private WJ Tully of the Gordon Highlanders, who went out to France in March 1915 was reported to … Continue reading

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June 7, 1918

The Ashbourne Territorials had been on camp at Hunmanby in North Yorkshire on August  3, 1914, when “sinister reports” prompted them to break camp and head for Derbyshire. The men disembarked the train at Derby, sleeping in the Drill Hall, … Continue reading

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May 24, 1918

An experienced Ashbourne soldier was awarded the Military Cross for his “fearless devotion to duty in the face of the enemy” on the Western Front. Captain Graham Callow, whose family lived in Green Road, had been involved in his battalion’s … Continue reading

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May 17, 1918

Residents gathered in the Parish Church for what the Ashbourne Telegraph described as ‘one of the most notable’ memorial services to servicemen who had lost their lives since the outbreak of war, nearly four years previously. “The vast congregation assembled … Continue reading

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May 10, 1918

A remarkable first-hand account from the trenches of a Great War battle – and life as a prisoner of war – was published in the Ashbourne Telegraph this week in 1918. A letter from a soldier who had been part … Continue reading

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May 3, 1918

The German Spring Offensive or Kaiserschlacht took a terrible toll on the Allied Forces on the Western Front and this was evidenced by the columns of the Ashbourne Telegraph which reported the town’s sons killed, wounded and missing. Private J … Continue reading

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