Tag Archives: Military Tribunal

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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July 6, 1917

                        An extraordinary confrontation took place at Ashbourne Rural Military Tribunal, where Sir Hugo FitzHerbert, of Tissington Hall, was applying for an exemption for 26-year-old JW Wright, whom he … Continue reading

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March 16, 1917

The draining of able-bodied and skilled men from agriculture to swell the ranks of the armed forces had been a topic for discussion since the early months of the war, and by 1917 it was considered by some to constitute … Continue reading

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November 3, 1916

In almost story-book style the Ashbourne Telegraph told of the exploits of a young airman in the first week in November, 1916. Leonard Basil Helder, captain of cricket and captain of school at Denstone College when war broke out, and … Continue reading

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September 15, 1916

Long before the advent of the internet, news from around the world would have arrived in the Ashbourne Telegraph’s Market Place offices by ‘wire’ – the modern technology of the day which gave the paper its name. But readers hungry … Continue reading

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August 18, 1916

  Hundreds of thousands of men were casualties of the Battle of the Somme, each one a story of personal tragedy. Tributes were paid to Fred Moon, whose death had been announced in the Ashbourne Telegraph the previous week. Moon, … Continue reading

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June 23, 1916

A letter from the Duke of Devonshire was reproduced in the Ashbourne Telegraph this week, appealing for men to sign up for the newly-formed Derbyshire Volunteers. “Sir, The Derbyshire Volunteer Regiment having been officially recognised, I venture to make an … Continue reading

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June 2, 1916

No explanation had been offered for the disappearance of the weekly column in the Ashbourne Telegraph featuring six local servicemen – nor was there any given for its reappearance in the first week in June 1916. The ‘portrait gallery’ this … Continue reading

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May 19, 1916

News reached the Ashbourne Telegraph of the death of another soldier killed in action in France. Company Sergeant Major John Bradshaw, 41, and the father of two young children, including a four-month-old he had never seen, died from wounds received … Continue reading

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May 12, 1916

A hundred years ago this week Parliament was discussing the introduction of the Daylight Saving Bill which, if passed, would see clocks put forward one hour on Sunday, May 21, 1916, to save on the cost of artificial lighting. The … Continue reading

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