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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 31, 1918

Regular readers of the Ashbourne Telegraph, anxious for news of friends, would have turned each week to page five, column three, which was the established position for ‘Local Military Items’. In recent weeks there had been many deaths reported – … 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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April 26, 1918

Yet another Ashbourne teenager joined the ranks of those who had lost their lives in the trenches of the Great War. George Mellor, 18, had only been in France three weeks when he was killed by a German shell. Private … Continue reading

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April 19, 1918

Father-of-three Private Harry Wibberley was the latest Ashbourne soldier to have made the ultimate sacrifice in the battle-scarred fields of France. The 36-year-old former Nestle factory worker joined up in 1916 and was sent out to the front in November … Continue reading

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April 12, 1918

Gunner Frank Potter of the Royal Garrison Artillery, reported wounded in the previous week’s Ashbourne Telegraph, had died from his injuries. Potter, who was 22, had written to his parents in St John Street “a very cheerful letter” telling them … Continue reading

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April 5, 1918

The face of Gunner Neville Walker looks, apparently serenely, out of the pages of Ashbourne Telegraph in a posed photograph probably taken a long way from the battlefields of France. The 24-year-old, who had been serving with the Royal Field … Continue reading

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