Tag Archives: Trenches

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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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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January 19, 1917

A German shell claimed the lives of nearly two dozen artillerymen in the first few days of 1917 – including a young man from Ashbourne. Gunner WJ Sellers’ mother was notified of his death in short, perfunctory letter from his … Continue reading

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November 17, 1916  

The editor of the Ashbourne Telegraph paid tribute to one family’s ‘unique record’ in having six members in the King’s uniform. Mrs and Mrs M Brown of Osmaston were lauded for having five sons in the army, together with a … Continue reading

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October 20, 1916

Two more fatalities were recorded in the Ashbourne Telegraph’s For King and Country column this week, accompanied by official photographs of the men in uniform. Second Lieutenant HHO Stafford who was just 21, was the son of Mr and Mrs … Continue reading

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October 13, 1916

The old adage ‘no news is good news’ may have chimed with readers of the Ashbourne Telegraph this week in 1916. For several weeks they had become used to seeing the faces and names of soldiers from the town killed in … Continue reading

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October 6, 1916

The Battle of the Somme’s terrible toll on the families of Derbyshire continued apace as the Autumn of 1916 drew in. It was the Ashbourne Telegraph’s ‘regretful duty’ to record the deaths of five more local men. Among those to … Continue reading

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August 18, 1916

  Hundreds of thousands of men were casualties of the Battle of the Somme, each one a story of personal tragedy. Tributes were paid to Fred Moon, whose death had been announced in the Ashbourne Telegraph the previous week. Moon, … Continue reading

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