Tag Archives: Sherwood Foresters

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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December 21, 1917

A 19-year-old soldier, who had worked in the Ashbourne branch of the Derby Co-operative Society, was reported to have died a hero while fighting with the North Staffordshire Regiment. Albert Mellor, who had only joined up in February, was said … Continue reading

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December 14, 1917

Newly-married George Price was killed by a shell just three days after returning to the Flanders front line. Private Price, who was serving with the Machine Gun Corps, had been on a fortnight’s leave, returning to Ballidon on Friday, November … Continue reading

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December 7, 1917

Thirteen Ashbourne men were listed as being prisoners of war. No fewer than seven had been serving with the Sherwood Foresters when they were captured by enemy forces. Drummer G Atkin, Corporal HJ Chell, Privates J Renshaw, Alfred Taylor, F … Continue reading

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November 30, 1917

In the early months of the war Ashbourne Telegraph reports of fatalities were often accompanied by graphic details of the shells and gunfire. By 1917, whether through a form of battle-fatigue or to protect the sensibilities of the readers, descriptions … Continue reading

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November 23, 1917

Bombardier Walter Burton’s young face gazes out from the pages of the Ashbourne Telegraph, as it reports the deaths of two more soldiers killed in action. Burton, who was 26, had left his job at Tissington Hall and joined the … 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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October 26, 1917

A former Boy Scout, who joined the Sherwood Foresters as a bugler at the age of 17 was the latest Ashbourne teenager to make the ultimate sacrifice. Thomas Henry Mainwaring, who signed up in November 1914 was not yet 20 … Continue reading

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October 5, 1917

A letter written on the Western Front brought news to Ashbourne of a second son killed. Mrs Plowman of St John Street had already mourned the loss of Alec Ford in the war. This time it was his half-brother, 19-year-old … Continue reading

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September 14, 1917

A ‘strikingly simple’ memorial service at Ashbourne Parish Church for the soldiers who had fallen on the battlefield in recent weeks attracted a great congregation. A parade, headed by the Ashbourne Old Volunteer and Osmaston bands marched from the Market … Continue reading

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