How Bradbourne became Derbyshire’s only ‘Thankful Village’

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Barry M Marsden discovers why a small Derbyshire village has no war memorial at its heart.

IN 1936, the author and journalist Arthur Henry Mee (1875-1943) identified a series of villages in his book Enchanted Land, an introductory volume to his guides entitled The King’s England, which had lost no men in the Great War. He called the 32 settlements he had initially listed as ‘Thankful Villages.’ Recent research has enlarged the list to 53 civil parishes in England and Wales, but no Scottish or Irish villages are included as all suffered casualties in World War One…