Tag Archives: Trenches

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 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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August 31, 1917

Unseasonable rainfall in Belgium was turning the Flanders battlefields into a hellish quagmire in which Allied forces were literally bogged down. In the fields of England crops were in danger of rotting in the ground. “Just as the winter of … Continue reading

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August 24, 1917

A German invasion of England was still considered a possibility – albeit a remote one – in the summer of 1917, and across the country volunteers were training to repel enemy forces. The Telegraph observed: “It will be much more … Continue reading

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August 17, 1917

The columns of the Ashbourne Telegraph once more brought readers news of sons of the town, killed in action in the fields of France or Belgium. This time it struck still closer to home. Private Claude Boden had been a … 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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July 20, 1917

News reached the town of a military promotion for a young Ashbournian. Private FS Coates, son of Mr and Mrs CH Coates of The Square, had been granted a commission in the Royal Flying Corps. Previously apprenticed to chemist James … Continue reading

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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 4, 1917

The abiding image of the First World War for many of us is of the mud and the cold of the trenches of northern Europe, but other servicemen faced very different conditions on the African continent. A letter had been … Continue reading

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