With so many casualties it seems unthinkable that some villages in our region saw ALL of their soldiers return from the fighting. In the west there are 9 of these 'Thankful Villages' as they're known - 7 in Somerset and 2 in Gloucestershire - on top of these there are also 3 'Doubly Thankful Villages' where all of their soldiers also returned alive from fighting in the Second World War. One of these is the village of Woolley near Bath where villagers gathered this morning to pay their respects.
When life was at stake in the lottery of war, then chance favoured the village of Woolley. Few other places in England saw all its men return alive - twice. And today a ceremony marked that.
With no war dead, there is no war memorial here. But the war memories of the survivors haunted them for the rest of their lives.
Nothing could prepare any man for the bloodshed and brutality of the trenches. But the men who went there from Woolley were young men, farmers, men with little experience with life beyond this hamlet near Bath. 13 men went out from here 13 men returned. And 20 years later 13 more people served from Woolley in the Second World War and all 13 returned again.
Lee Asquith-Coe moved here just three years ago. As a former military man he was amazed to find his new village - or anywhere - had this rare status of what is called Doubly Thankful.
After 100 years Woolley finally has a Memorial stone. A stone expressing thanks that their men returned alive. Men that were changed forever from their time in the trenches.
Watch our reporter Robert Murphy's report on this below: