Tag Archives: Royal Garrison Artillery

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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July 5, 1918

A judge took it upon himself to warn soldiers that their service to King and Country was no excuse for breaking the law at home. “After disposing of six bigamy cases in less than three hours at Derby Assizes on … 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 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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November 2, 1917

Not for the first time, the suggestion that it ‘would all be over by Christmas’ was being touted, and the Ashbourne Telegraph picked up the theme for its front page editorial, as the country entered the 40th month of the … Continue reading

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January 19, 1917

A German shell claimed the lives of nearly two dozen artillerymen in the first few days of 1917 – including a young man from Ashbourne. Gunner WJ Sellers’ mother was notified of his death in short, perfunctory letter from his … Continue reading

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