Thankful Villages (also known as Blessed Villages) are settlements in both England and Wales from which all their then members of the armed forces survived World War I. The term Thankful Village was popularised by the writer Arthur Mee in the 1930s. In Enchanted Land (1936), the introductory volume to The King’s England series of guides, he wrote that a Thankful Village was one which had lost no men in the Great War because all those who left to serve came home again. His initial list identified 32 villages.
In a November 2010 update, researchers identified 52 civil parishes in England and Wales from which all soldiers returned. There are no settlements in Scotland or Northern Ireland that did not lose a member of the community in World War I.
14 of the English and Welsh villages are considered "doubly thankful", in that they also lost no service personnel during World War II. These are marked with a (D) in the list below.
In France, where the human cost of war was higher than in Britain, Thierville was remarkable as the only village in all of France with no men lost from World War I, nor any memorials constructed in the subsequent period. Thierville also suffered no losses in the Franco-Prussian War and World War II, France's other bloody wars of the modern era.
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... Arkholme is one of only two Thankful Villages in Lancashire – those rare places that suffered no fatalities during the Great War of 1914 to 1918 ... This small village sent by far the biggest number from one village and parish off to war – 59 ... A nearby village, Nether Kellet, 5 miles to the south west, sent 21 men and it, too, is a Thankful Village – all their men returned ...
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