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Bradbourne: Thankful village's tribute to soldiers

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: August 06, 2014

Admiring the commemorative plaque are Robert, 9, Sarah, 5, and Louise Preston.

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A PLAQUE has been unveiled in a village near Ashbourne to give thanks for the fact that none of its inhabitants died in the First World War.

Bradbourne is one of a handful of "thankful villages" – the only one of its kind in Derbyshire – that saw all its servicemen return safe to the small community.

Out of around 140,000 servicemen in the Sherwood Foresters Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment who went to fight, 11,409 lost their lives but, in the tiny Derbyshire village, not one of the 18 men who went to war died.

To commemorate its good fortune, the village was given the designation of a "thankful village" and representatives from the 2nd Battalion Mercian Regiment and British Legion were among those present at the unveiling of a plaque and church service on Sunday – almost exactly 100 years since the war broke out.

After the plaque was unveiled by Lieutenant Christopher Bermingham, from the Mercian Regiment, 18 women from the village placed 18 posies to represent each of the survivors.

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