Knil and Middleton on the Hill, Herefordshire: The Thankful Villages

Two villages in Herefordshire would like to remember the men from their parishes who fought in World War One but they have no record of them.

Knill, on the border between Herefordshire and Powys is one of 51 thankful villages in the UK where no soldiers who went to fight in the war were killed or died.

Twenty-seven miles away; Middleton on the hill near Leominster is a doubly thankful village and lost nobody in either World Wars.

There are just 14 such places in the UK.

Both villages are desperately trying to find out more so that the men who fought, and survived, can be honoured. How did they survive and what did they go on to do with their lives? How did the village react to losing no young men, did it have an impact on the area?

On 4 August 2014, both villages are unveiling new plaques marking their place as thankful villages and honouring the men who fought in World War One.

Locations: St Michael & All Angels Knill, Herefordshire, LD8 2PR
St Mary the Virgin, Middleton-on-the-Hill, Herefordshire, SY8 4BE
Image: St Michael & All Angels Church, Knill, Herefordshire, LD8 2PR

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