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Quorn WW1 Casualties – Comparison with local villages

The graphs below show numbers of Quorn lives lost in WW1, compared to those lost in some of the surrounding small towns and villages.

Settlements with larger populations almost invariably had larger volumes of casualties in terms of numbers, but the second of the two graphs shows casualties expressed as a percentage of the total village populations (based on the 1911 census), and enables more valid comparisons to be drawn.

Graph two confirms that Quorn suffered proportionately more than other local villages, but not tremendously so. Because many local men were together in the ‘Pals’ regiments, a devastating battle like that at Frezenberg, meant that a village could lose many men in a short space of time, whilst other areas would lose none. The pals regiments were of great benefit to the soldiers initially, as they were with their friends and their sense of comradeship and loyalty to each other was already established. However as the war progressed it became increasingly hard, as men were shocked and traumatised when they saw their brothers, old school pals and workmates fall in the field.

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 Submitted on: 2019-12-07
 Submitted by: Sue Templeman
 Artefact ID: 2248
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