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The last week of WW1

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We've almost entered the last week of the centenary of WW1. In the last month, up until and after the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the losses of St Helens people had continued. 

Look at that last month - the last four noted as being 'Killed in Action' being John Harrison, Willie Arthur Johnson, John Lowcock and Henry Warren on the 8th of November, but people were dying every day from wounds received and from the flu pandemic, amongst other diseases. It was a hell of a miserable month. 

And as our calendar shows, if you click through the following months, it was far from over, continuing into the 1920s - and beyond (e.g. my grandfather died in 1943, during WW2, as a result of mustard gas and of TB and the malaria he'd contracted in service in WW1).

People sometimes ask how many St Helens people died, but we can only give a rough estimate that is based on the number of entries on the site - during those war years and a few years later. It was many more than are listed on the cenotaph. That rough estimate is 3,537.

We will remember them.

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