Bradbourne – a thankful village

Bradbourne holds a special place in the county, being the only Thankful Village in Derbyshire, where all of their men who went off to fight in the First World War, returned home safely.

To commemorate this special feat a memorial plaque, which had been given to the village by Medwyn Parry and Dougie Bancroft, two motorcyclists who visited all of the 51  ‘Thankful Villages’ around the country to raise funds for the British Legion, was officially unveiled on 3rd August 2014. Descendants of the servicemen were invited to the memorial service and to see Lt Christopher Bermingham of the 2nd Mercian Regiment unveil the plaque. Sgt Watts of the same regiment also attended and  British Legion branches from Ashbourne, Brassington, Hognaston and Bradbourne were also represented.

After the unveiling eighteen women from the village laid eighteen bunches of flowers, one bunch for each of the men who served and survived the war.

The event was supported by the Derbyshire Lives Through the First World War Project.