(Photo of Upper Slaughter by bixento)
The shocking horror of World War I touched every corner of the United Kingdom. It brought death to every city, town and village..except for 52. In 52 villages, all of the men who marched off to war returned alive. After the war, these places were known as the "Thankful Villages."
Then yet another war engulfed Europe and the world. A the end of World War II, only 14 of those Thankful Villages remained free from wartime fatalities. These became known as the "Doubly Thankful Villages."
Among them is Upper Slaughter. Though its men left for war and the town itself was bombed by the Germans, all survived. You can read about it and other Doubly Thankful Villages at the link.
Link -via The Oddment Emporium
Whole towns were left without a single young man. So much for the "patriarchy".