Tag Archives: Sherwood Foresters

June 22, 1917

Not for the first time, the reporting of war-related items at home took precedence over news from the front this week in 1917. Although there was news of a soldier being killed in action, far greater space was devoted to … Continue reading

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June 1, 1917

Men in the trenches on the front line endured terrible conditions, but by all accounts enjoyed remarkable camaraderie amid the horrors of war. Back home their loved ones waited in fear and trepidation. Each day the arrival of the postman … Continue reading

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May 25, 1917

News that 19-year-old Private Frank Henstock, “a bright and promising boy” had been killed was reported in the columns the Ashbourne Telegraph. The passing of his young life merited a single paragraph on page 2 under the News in Brief … Continue reading

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May 18, 1917

Tributes were paid to four men from the Ashbourne District who had lost their lives in uniform, and a fifth, feared dead, missing in action for a month. Private Albert Hudson, a young man “who knew no fear” had been … Continue reading

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May 11, 1917

More casualties among Ashbourne fighting men were recorded this week in 1917, but not as one of the main news items as one might expect. Under the unimposing headline ‘Local Casualites’ on page 3 the deaths of two men were … Continue reading

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April 27, 1917

An Ashbourne veteran of the South African War who joined the 18th Hussars in the early days of The Great War was reported to have been killed in action in France. Trooper Fred Courtman, of Mayfield Road, left a wife … Continue reading

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April 13, 1917

  Austerity has become a term much in vogue in recent years, but tough as life may be, it is doubtful that the current day Ashbourne News Telegraph would suggest money saving tips like those of 1917. “Save Soap: The … Continue reading

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April 6, 1917

It is not clear what prompted such optimism at the drapers CH Coates, in The Square, but the shop’s advert on Page 2 of the Ashbourne Telegraph this week in 1917 screamed: “Prepare to celebrate the coming victory!” Apparently they … Continue reading

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March 23, 1917

News reached Ashbourne of the deaths of two more Sherwood Foresters this week in 1917, as the area’s roll of honour grew yet longer. Lance Corporal S Barker, the only son of the late Mr Isaac Barker and Mrs Fowell … Continue reading

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March 9, 1917

  Yet another Ashbourne soldier’s death was recorded in the columns of the Telegraph this week in 1917 but, unlike so many before him, Bombardier Wilfred Jones was the victim not of enemy fire, but ‘spotted fever’. Jones, who was … Continue reading

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