Tag Archives: Royal Field Artillery

November 1, 1918

A decisive battleground victory in France on September 29, saw Ashbourne men serving with the Sherwood Foresters of the 46th Midland Division storm the St Quentin Canal near Belle Englise in Northern France. The assault resulted in Allied troops breaching … Continue reading

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September 13, 1918

The Defence of the Realm Act, rushed into law within days of the declaration of war gave wide ranging powers to the Government, not only restricting what newspapers could report, but making it illegal to whistle for a taxi, buy … Continue reading

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August 9, 1918

A crowded audience in the Ashbourne Empire heard a rousing address to the nation from the Prime Minister, read by town magistrate JP Woodyatt. “The message which I send to the people of the British Empire on the fourth anniversary of … Continue reading

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June 14, 1918

A soldier who enlisted in January 1915 had been seriously wounded – the fourth time he had been invalided from the trenches. Private WJ Tully of the Gordon Highlanders, who went out to France in March 1915 was reported to … 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 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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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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February 1, 1918

A 19-year-old member of a prominent Ashbourne family was reported to have died while a prisoner in Germany. William Reginald Sturston Smith, of the Royal Flying Corps had been reported missing on October 22, but the family, at Clifton, had … Continue reading

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January 4, 1918

Although readers did not know it at the time, 1918 was to be the final year of The Great War. The editor of the Ashbourne Telegraph took space on page two of the first edition of the new year to … Continue reading

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November 16, 1917

The latest Ashbourne recruit to the Sherwood Foresters to have ‘died a soldier’s death’ was Lance Sergeant Stevenson. Stevenson, who was 31, had worked at the Foster Brothers’ fishing tackle works in the town before joining up in November 1914. … Continue reading

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