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The British decision to create "Pals Battalions" of men from a single town or village led to unanticipated disasters when Pals battalions ran into heavy resistance, with large numbers of men from a single town or village being killed in a single day.

Which town or village lost the greatest percentage of its men in such a disaster?

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This question is addressed in this article:

Tragedy of the lost generation

It concludes that Durham had the highest percentage loss, with 6353 dead representing nearly 8% of the city's population.

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