Tag Archives: Kitchener

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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October 27, 1916

Soldiering was a serious business, even for the Home Guard, or the Ashbourne Volunteer Company as they were known in 1916. Orders for the following week were printed in each edition of the Ashbourne Telegraph, and this week there were … Continue reading

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June 9, 1916

The death of Lord Kitchener, the War Minister, the face behind the iconic ‘Your Country Needs You’ recruitment posters was recorded in the Ashbourne Telegraph 100 years ago this week. Kitchener had been en route to Russia on a diplomatic … Continue reading

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December 18, 1914

The Ashbourne area had been gripped by numerous tales of intrigue, of treachery and enemy infiltration in recent months. A regular column, Local Notes and Comments carried a sarcastic telling of a ‘local spy scare’. The writer related that in … Continue reading

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December 11, 1914

Four months into the war, the reports of casualties in the pages of the Ashbourne Telegraph were taking on a degree of inevitability. On page five the newspaper recorded the death of another Ashbourne soldier killed in action. Private Owen … Continue reading

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October 9, 1914

Another casualty was recorded in the columns of the Ashbourne Telegraph this week: Private Fred Bull, who had been injured in the Battle of the Aisne returned to England with a bullet wound to his left shoulder. He had been … Continue reading

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October 2, 1914

Charitable giving was at the forefront of many people’s minds in October 1914. The Ashbourne Telegraph reported that the running total for the local branch of the Prince of Wales Relief Fund stood at £548-3s up from the previous week’s … 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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September 18, 1914

It has been a long tradition of the British Press to only publish attributed views. Letters from readers would invariably carry the author’s name and address. The advent of email and social media has brought with it anonymous viewpoints, but … Continue reading

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August 28,1914

The Ashbourne Telegraph made a staunch defence to an accusation of profiteering which must have come to the paper’s owner’s ears following the decision to cut pagination from 8 to 6 pages each week, while retaining the 1d cover price. … Continue reading

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