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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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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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April 12, 1918

Gunner Frank Potter of the Royal Garrison Artillery, reported wounded in the previous week’s Ashbourne Telegraph, had died from his injuries. Potter, who was 22, had written to his parents in St John Street “a very cheerful letter” telling them … Continue reading

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April 5, 1918

The face of Gunner Neville Walker looks, apparently serenely, out of the pages of Ashbourne Telegraph in a posed photograph probably taken a long way from the battlefields of France. The 24-year-old, who had been serving with the Royal Field … Continue reading

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March 15, 1918

A dearth of news of Ashbourne district servicemen in recent weeks came to a tragic end with the announcement that two more soldiers had lost their lives as a result of injuries received in fighting. Private James Lee, son of … 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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