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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 18, 1918

A young man, who had enlisted with the Sherwood Foresters in November 1914, at the age of 17, was the latest son of Ashbourne to be reported as having made the ultimate sacrifice. News of the death of Sergeant Harry … Continue reading

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January 11, 1918

Full military honours were accorded to Private Samuel Chell, of the Sherwood Foresters who died of tuberculosis in Ashbourne on January 3, 1918. His funeral was reported this week in the Ashbourne Telegraph. The 28-year-old had already completed six years’ … Continue reading

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November 9, 1917

A lengthy letter from the chaplain of 103 Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, brought news of the death in action of Bombardier Douglas Hepworth. Hepworth had been in the Army three years and out in France for two. He had been … Continue reading

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August 10, 1917

Although there was no news report of the incident in the Ashbourne Telegraph, the Notes of the Week Column on the front page celebrated ‘the Press Correspondents’ unanimous praise’ of the gallant Sherwood Forester’s capture of Westhoek on the Ypres … Continue reading

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August 11, 1916

                    Soldiers involved in the ‘great advance’ in France, the Battle of the Somme, were reported as killed or missing this week in 1916. Private Fred Moon, Private A Dyche, and … Continue reading

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June 11, 1915

There was a hero’s welcome awaiting the return to Ashbourne of Gunner Paul Kernahan. The previous week’s Ashbourne Telegraph’s most dramatic news was a detailed account of how Kernahan had been wounded in the front line after months of action … Continue reading

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March 19, 1915

Ten wounded soldiers who were sent from the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary to Ashbourne received an impressive reception. A crowd gathered outside the Century Hall where they were to be cared for by the Ashbourne Red Cross long before their scheduled … Continue reading

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February 5, 1915

Drunkenness among the womenfolk of the nation was a causing concern with reports in the national press of a dramatic increase in the numbers frequenting pubs. L Eardley Simpson of Bank Chambers, Derby wrote to the Ashbourne Telegraph on the … Continue reading

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