In the autumn of 2012, Friends of the Hook planted an avenue of 18 native black poplars on the Hook Nature Reserve to honour those men from Lady Bay and West Bridgford who fell in the First World War.
Our research identified 31 men from Lady Bay who died in the war. These men were aged 19 to 35, many being killed in action or dying of wounds.
They left behind grieving sons, daughters, wives, brothers, sisters and parents to whom there is no memorial.
In addition to the direct casualties of war, there was an influenza pandemic. This was named The Spanish Flu because there was a news blackout in Europe and the outbreak was reported in the Spanish press. This caused many more deaths.
It is thought to have started in the camp and hospital in Etapes where pigs and poultry were kept and where over 100,000 soldiers were in transit daily, thus spreading the flu rapidly.
The pandemic lasted until 1920 and soldiers who survived WW1 died of the flu but their names were not recorded. Worldwide, 20 to 50 million people died.
By Jeff Mackintosh (Chair of Friends of the Hook)