They marched off to war together, the young men of the town. Proud to serve their country and happy to fight alongside their mates. But the Western Front in the First World War was a place of nightmares and the town's nightmare came true when the company of pals was wiped out. When the evil of war once more engulfed Europe, the military authorities made sure that, whatever casualties they had to suffer, never again would one town lose all its young men at once. It seemed, though, that fate hadn't got the message.