Tag Archives: Trenches

July 12, 1918

The seemingly insatiable demand for more men to join the armed forces in the front line was forcing the pace in reforming what had previously been established gender roles. A public meeting was called in Ashbourne Town Hall on July … 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 24, 1918

An experienced Ashbourne soldier was awarded the Military Cross for his “fearless devotion to duty in the face of the enemy” on the Western Front. Captain Graham Callow, whose family lived in Green Road, had been involved in his battalion’s … Continue reading

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May 10, 1918

A remarkable first-hand account from the trenches of a Great War battle – and life as a prisoner of war – was published in the Ashbourne Telegraph this week in 1918. A letter from a soldier who had been part … Continue reading

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April 26, 1918

Yet another Ashbourne teenager joined the ranks of those who had lost their lives in the trenches of the Great War. George Mellor, 18, had only been in France three weeks when he was killed by a German shell. Private … Continue reading

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February 8, 1918

Despite the fact that women had had stepped into the gaps left by men in agriculture, munitions factories and other industries, in 1918 it was still considered a woman’s job to run the home. And housewives were called upon to … 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 25, 1918

A soldier who had decided to ‘wait a day or two’ before taking leave to return home was killed when an exploding trench mortar buried him and another man. Sergeant F Moorcroft, who was just 22, was one of two … 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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