Tag Archives: Great War

October 12, 1917

Such was the frequency of fatalities among Ashbourne’s soldier that the headline ‘Another Ashbournian Killed’ was reused in edition after edition. In the days of letterpress printing the line of type may have actually been lifted over from one week … Continue reading

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October 5, 1917

A letter written on the Western Front brought news to Ashbourne of a second son killed. Mrs Plowman of St John Street had already mourned the loss of Alec Ford in the war. This time it was his half-brother, 19-year-old … Continue reading

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September 21, 1917

Yet another name was added to the Ashbourne Roll of Honour this week in 1917 – that of Lance-Corporal Frank Wallis of the Grenadier Guards. “The gallant young soldier who was about 22 years of age was formerly employed at … 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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September 7, 1917

The Government Order fixing the prices of everyday food items had been announced and the prices were detailed at length on the cover of the Ashbourne Telegraph in the first edition of September 1917. The cost of ham, bacon, lard … Continue reading

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August 31, 1917

Unseasonable rainfall in Belgium was turning the Flanders battlefields into a hellish quagmire in which Allied forces were literally bogged down. In the fields of England crops were in danger of rotting in the ground. “Just as the winter of … Continue reading

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August 24, 1917

A German invasion of England was still considered a possibility – albeit a remote one – in the summer of 1917, and across the country volunteers were training to repel enemy forces. The Telegraph observed: “It will be much more … Continue reading

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August 17, 1917

The columns of the Ashbourne Telegraph once more brought readers news of sons of the town, killed in action in the fields of France or Belgium. This time it struck still closer to home. Private Claude Boden had been a … Continue reading

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August 10, 1917

Although there was no news report of the incident in the Ashbourne Telegraph, the Notes of the Week Column on the front page celebrated ‘the Press Correspondents’ unanimous praise’ of the gallant Sherwood Forester’s capture of Westhoek on the Ypres … Continue reading

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August 3, 1917

One of the first men in his village to volunteer for military service, on August 14, 1914, was Tom Hadfield. From a home and job in Parwich, Hadfield signed up with the 1st Lincolns and found himself involved in some … Continue reading

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