Grateful Villages

I heard this mentioned on the radio last night, an odd corner of World War I history. There were five of them, the only places in England where all those who went to war returned. They were taking of a project to celebrate them by Daniel Hayman who has been visiting them and making songs to celebrate them, but I can’t find any details online. They played a song for Bradbourne, which is in Derbyshire. I think they said the first volume would be released soon.

There’s something about this that is really haunting. Think of how many towns and villages there were in Britain, and only 5 kept their young men safe. On one level this seems a lot, and on another, it seems surprising that there were any.

But I’ve just found this on wiki which suggests there were many more,but they call them thankful.

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