Tag Archives: Trenches

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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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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