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October 23, 1914

Telegrams published in the columns of the Ashbourne Telegraph this week include details of a “Great Russian Victory” in which German forces were said to have been “routed near Warsaw”. 560 more words

Churchill - The Circus Comes To Town

The British Expeditionary Force had been successfully transported across the Channel to France without the loss of a single ship between 12 and 21 August. They were protected by destroyers and submarines which closely watched the Heligoland Bight, the entrance to the German Grand fleet base at the mouth of the river Elbe, to counter any attempt at interference from German patrols. 1,973 more words


1917/07/02: Thomas Ricketts arrives in France, the Republic of Newfoundland flag at full mast

Thomas “Tommy” Ricketts VC (15 April, 1901 – 10 February, 1967) was born in Middle Arm, White Bay, Newfoundland, the son of Amelia (née Castle) and  John Ricketts.  576 more words


The Holbrookes of Stoke House

Barbara Holbrooke sat in her morning room, drew a deep breath and wondered what she should attempt next, apart from the Herculean task of marrying off her three remaining spinster daughters. 769 more words


October 9, 1914

Another casualty was recorded in the columns of the Ashbourne Telegraph this week: Private Fred Bull, who had been injured in the Battle of the Aisne returned to England with a bullet wound to his left shoulder. 325 more words

October 2, 1914

Charitable giving was at the forefront of many people’s minds in October 1914. The Ashbourne Telegraph reported that the running total for the local branch of the Prince of Wales Relief Fund stood at £548-3s up from the previous week’s £477-15s. 716 more words

1 October 1914

The first attempt at implementing the Schlieffen Plan for defeating France had failed and Moltke was replaced as chief of the German general staff by Falkenhayn.   263 more words

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