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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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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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April 13, 1917

  Austerity has become a term much in vogue in recent years, but tough as life may be, it is doubtful that the current day Ashbourne News Telegraph would suggest money saving tips like those of 1917. “Save Soap: The … 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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February 16, 1917

The village correspondents contributing to the News of the District column on the back pages of the Ashbourne Telegraph routinely reported on community activities such as whist drives, and dances, but also had the task of relating the various fortunes … Continue reading

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February 9, 1917

Ashbourne was in the grip of snow and ice – a cold snap that was showing now sign of a thaw. “It is many years since Ashbourne experienced such a severe spell of winter as we are experiencing now, for … 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 24, 1916

A dramatic rise in the price of food warranted but a single paragraph on page three of the Ashbourne Telegraph as November drew to a close in 1916, but it must have been causing real hardship for those on fixed … Continue reading

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