Tag Archives: Notts and Derby Regiment

December 27, 1918

Weather extremes have always been a staple of newspaper coverage, particularly over the difficult Christmas period when public holidays interrupt the usual workflow. It was no different in 1918, when a sudden snowfall fired the imagination of the editorial team … Continue reading

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November 22, 1918

A petition from a hundred farmers in the Ashbourne district calling Saddler F Lowndes of the Royal Field Artillery to be released from military duties led local MP, Captain H Fitzherbert-Wright, to ask a question in the House of Commons. … Continue reading

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November 15, 1918

The Great War – HG Wells’ “war to end all wars”– was over. The Armistice took effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, bringing an end to hostilities which had engulfed Britain and much … Continue reading

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November 8, 1918

The end of the war was just days away – but the Ashbourne Telegraph reported the deaths of no fewer than four servicemen from the district in its second edition in November, 1918. Private WA Brassington of Gravelly Bank Farm, … Continue reading

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October 25, 1918

A young soldier, who had recently received the Military Medal for conspicuous bravery in the field, was reported to have been fatally wounded in France. Private WH Phipps, 24, of the Suffolk Regiment, had experienced the full horrors of the … Continue reading

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October 18, 1918

The readers of the Ashbourne Telegraph had become accustomed to hearing about fatalities on the battlefields of Europe and beyond, but this week there were a series of fatalities closer to home. Pneumonia carried off three young people in the … Continue reading

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August 16, 1918

Although there was an Ashbournian war fatality to report, it was a sensational incident in the town which claimed most column inches this week in 1918. The story which everyone would have been talking about was a dramatic accident at … Continue reading

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July 26, 1918

Ashbourne Police Court heard the case of George Henry Maddison, accused of being a deserter from the Notts and Derby Regiment. The court was told that Maddison had been missing from his command since April 6. “Sergt. Burfoot stated that … Continue reading

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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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