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June 15, 1917

Many soldiers fell, their bodies never to be recovered, during the Great Push launched on July 1, 1916, and now better known as the Battle of The Somme. One such man was Private PV Mellor of Osmaston. Mellor’s ‘aged father’ … Continue reading

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June 8, 1917

In what was momentous news in 1917, dairy farmers in the Ashbourne area voted unanimously to form a Co-Operative Association – and a lengthy report of the meeting dominated the columns of the Ashbourne Telegraph, to the exclusion of any … Continue reading

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June 1, 1917

Men in the trenches on the front line endured terrible conditions, but by all accounts enjoyed remarkable camaraderie amid the horrors of war. Back home their loved ones waited in fear and trepidation. Each day the arrival of the postman … Continue reading

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April 20, 1917

Under the headline Vicar’s Son Dangerously Wounded, came news that Lieutenant Francis St. Vincent Morris of the Royal Flying Corps had been seriously injured when his plane crashed in a blizzard. The accident on April 10 had resulted in a … Continue reading

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April 6, 1917

It is not clear what prompted such optimism at the drapers CH Coates, in The Square, but the shop’s advert on Page 2 of the Ashbourne Telegraph this week in 1917 screamed: “Prepare to celebrate the coming victory!” Apparently they … Continue reading

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March 2, 1917

For a second week the subject of food dominated much of the editorial space in the Ashbourne Telegraph as March heralded the start of spring. The paper repeated a claim published in Country Life magazine that breakfasts of porridge and … Continue reading

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February 9, 1917

Ashbourne was in the grip of snow and ice – a cold snap that was showing now sign of a thaw. “It is many years since Ashbourne experienced such a severe spell of winter as we are experiencing now, for … Continue reading

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January 5, 1917

The front page of the Ashbourne Telegraph, in common with the majority of newspapers of the day, was habitually filled with advertisements and auction sale announcements; a noticeboard for the town. But the edition dated January 5, 1917 carried A … Continue reading

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December 29, 1916

The bravery of British soldiers, including the Sherwood Foresters at Neuve Chapelle was retold in a national publication as 1916 drew to a close. The Christmas Strand magazine in 1916 was a double issue and included the latest instalment by … Continue reading

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December 15, 1916

In mid November 1916 the Ashbourne Telegraph carried the photographs of five brothers, sons of Mr and Mrs Brown of Union Street, who were all serving in the army. This week the paper announced the death of one of those … Continue reading

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