the death of Rachel Johnson, the last native St Kildan.
The village of Tyneham had stood on the Dorset coast, near Worbarrow Bay, for centuries when it and the surrounding land was commandeered by the War Office just before Christmas 1943, supposedly for the duration of the war. The last resident to leave pinned this message on the door of the 13th century church, St Mary's:
Please treat the church and houses with care; we have given up our homes
where many of us lived for generations to help win the war to keep men
free. We shall return one day and thank you for treating the village
After the war, despite the promise that it would be returned to its original inhabitants, the Army
Many of the houses are in ruins now, but what remains of 'the village that died for England' is open to visitors at weekends and during August.
A few years ago, I found this video on YouTube. Overlook the spelling and punctuation errors in the text; it's actually quite beautiful and haunting.