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November 8, 1918

The end of the war was just days away – but the Ashbourne Telegraph reported the deaths of no fewer than four servicemen from the district in its second edition in November, 1918. Private WA Brassington of Gravelly Bank Farm, … Continue reading

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November 1, 1918

A decisive battleground victory in France on September 29, saw Ashbourne men serving with the Sherwood Foresters of the 46th Midland Division storm the St Quentin Canal near Belle Englise in Northern France. The assault resulted in Allied troops breaching … Continue reading

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October 25, 1918

A young soldier, who had recently received the Military Medal for conspicuous bravery in the field, was reported to have been fatally wounded in France. Private WH Phipps, 24, of the Suffolk Regiment, had experienced the full horrors of the … Continue reading

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October 18, 1918

The readers of the Ashbourne Telegraph had become accustomed to hearing about fatalities on the battlefields of Europe and beyond, but this week there were a series of fatalities closer to home. Pneumonia carried off three young people in the … Continue reading

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September 27, 1918

Although there was no mention of the sinking of the Galway Castle itself, the Ashbourne Telegraph reported that an Ashbourne serviceman had been saved from the mailship, torpedoed in heavy seas by a German U-boat about 160 south of Fastnet … Continue reading

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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 31, 1918

Regular readers of the Ashbourne Telegraph, anxious for news of friends, would have turned each week to page five, column three, which was the established position for ‘Local Military Items’. In recent weeks there had been many deaths reported – … 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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May 3, 1918

The German Spring Offensive or Kaiserschlacht took a terrible toll on the Allied Forces on the Western Front and this was evidenced by the columns of the Ashbourne Telegraph which reported the town’s sons killed, wounded and missing. Private J … Continue reading

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