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December 21, 1917

A 19-year-old soldier, who had worked in the Ashbourne branch of the Derby Co-operative Society, was reported to have died a hero while fighting with the North Staffordshire Regiment. Albert Mellor, who had only joined up in February, was said … Continue reading

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December 7, 1917

Thirteen Ashbourne men were listed as being prisoners of war. No fewer than seven had been serving with the Sherwood Foresters when they were captured by enemy forces. Drummer G Atkin, Corporal HJ Chell, Privates J Renshaw, Alfred Taylor, F … Continue reading

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November 2, 1917

Not for the first time, the suggestion that it ‘would all be over by Christmas’ was being touted, and the Ashbourne Telegraph picked up the theme for its front page editorial, as the country entered the 40th month of the … Continue reading

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October 12, 1917

Such was the frequency of fatalities among Ashbourne’s soldier that the headline ‘Another Ashbournian Killed’ was reused in edition after edition. In the days of letterpress printing the line of type may have actually been lifted over from one week … Continue reading

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October 5, 1917

A letter written on the Western Front brought news to Ashbourne of a second son killed. Mrs Plowman of St John Street had already mourned the loss of Alec Ford in the war. This time it was his half-brother, 19-year-old … Continue reading

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September 21, 1917

Yet another name was added to the Ashbourne Roll of Honour this week in 1917 – that of Lance-Corporal Frank Wallis of the Grenadier Guards. “The gallant young soldier who was about 22 years of age was formerly employed at … Continue reading

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September 14, 1917

A ‘strikingly simple’ memorial service at Ashbourne Parish Church for the soldiers who had fallen on the battlefield in recent weeks attracted a great congregation. A parade, headed by the Ashbourne Old Volunteer and Osmaston bands marched from the Market … Continue reading

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August 3, 1917

One of the first men in his village to volunteer for military service, on August 14, 1914, was Tom Hadfield. From a home and job in Parwich, Hadfield signed up with the 1st Lincolns and found himself involved in some … Continue reading

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July 27, 1917

July 27, 1917 In the 21st century, news of bereavement is often shared via social media, but before the advent of such digital technology the local paper was the first port of call for those intent on broadcasting their loss. … Continue reading

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July 6, 1917

                        An extraordinary confrontation took place at Ashbourne Rural Military Tribunal, where Sir Hugo FitzHerbert, of Tissington Hall, was applying for an exemption for 26-year-old JW Wright, whom he … Continue reading

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