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becky sharp



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2014 9:00 pm    Post subject: Thankful Villages Reply with quote

I had never heard of these before tonight.

There was an interesting item about them on our local news programme, Northwest Tonight.

Thankful Villages

Some places in England saw their young men go off to war, and unusually, given the scale of the tragedy and loss of so many thousands of lives throughout the United Kingdom, all the men from that locality did return safely. These such places became known as “Thankful Villages”, a term coined by the writer and journalist Arthur Mee (1875-1943). There are 52 civil parishes in England and Wales known to have all their men returned. There was not one “Thankful Village” in Scotland or Ireland (part of the United Kingdom at that time) where all the serving men returned.
Of the 52 “Thankful Villages” 14 of them became known as “Doubly Thankful Villages”, because all their men serving in the Second World War also returned home.
Some public war memorials, therefore, do not necessarily commemorate those who died in the Great War, but they commemorate those from the locality who served and who did return.
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http://www.greatwar.co.uk/memorials/ww1-memorials-united-kingdom.htm
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2014 9:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There was afeature about them on the JV Show about a week ago

Before that I'd never heard of them Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2014 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2014 11:14 pm    Post subject: Re: Thankful Villages Reply with quote

becky sharp wrote:
Some places in England saw their young men go off to war, and unusually, given the scale of the tragedy and loss of so many thousands of lives throughout the United Kingdom, all the men from that locality did return safely. These such places became known as “Thankful Villages”, a term coined by the writer and journalist Arthur Mee (1875-1943).

That's very interesting, Becky, as I too had never heard that term. I know of Arthur Mee because he compiled The Children's Encyclopaedia. I used to browse through the set of 10 volumes which we had, and I have strong memories of some of the pictures. I used to scare myself by opening Volume 7 at a particular page which had a photo of a huge anaconda! I think my brother still has the set.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2014 2:10 pm    Post subject: Re: Thankful Villages Reply with quote

FleetingEileenM wrote:
I used to scare myself by opening Volume 7 at a particular page which had a photo of a huge anaconda!

Twisted Evil Why would you do that,Eileen!! Laughing

Snakes are a real 'pet' hate of mine. Makes my skin crawl to see them slithering about.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2014 5:02 pm    Post subject: Re: Thankful Villages Reply with quote

FleetingEileenM wrote:
becky sharp wrote:
Some places in England saw their young men go off to war, and unusually, given the scale of the tragedy and loss of so many thousands of lives throughout the United Kingdom, all the men from that locality did return safely. These such places became known as “Thankful Villages”, a term coined by the writer and journalist Arthur Mee (1875-1943).

That's very interesting, Becky, as I too had never heard that term. I know of Arthur Mee because he compiled The Children's Encyclopaedia. I used to browse through the set of 10 volumes which we had, and I have strong memories of some of the pictures. I used to scare myself by opening Volume 7 at a particular page which had a photo of a huge anaconda! I think my brother still has the set.


Eileen I have the entire set of books by Arthur Mee called' 'The Kings England' and each volume describes in very great detail the history and facets of a particular county in England so there are a very large number in all and they make a really great read - a bit like the book version of Mr Portillo's Railway Journeys though obviously not confined to rail travel Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2014 11:59 pm    Post subject: Re: Thankful Villages Reply with quote

becky sharp wrote:
Snakes are a real 'pet' hate of mine. Makes my skin crawl to see them slithering about.

Oddly, I don't mind snakes and actually find them quite interesting - from a distance, anyway, although I remember stroking a python at a Boys and Girls Exhibition and was surprised how warm it felt. It was being held by George Cansdale who was a zoologist and TV wildlife presenter.

My pet hates are slugs and spiders. Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2014 11:52 am    Post subject: Re: Thankful Villages Reply with quote

FleetingEileenM wrote:
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Oddly, I don't mind snakes and actually find them quite interesting - from a distance, anyway, although I remember stroking a python at a Boys and Girls Exhibition and was surprised how warm it felt. It was being held by George Cansdale who was a zoologist and TV wildlife presenter.

My pet hates are slugs and spiders. Twisted Evil

That name is a blast from the past,Eileen Very Happy .. at one time a very familiar face on our screens.

I don't mind spiders but slugs...ugh!
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