The human cost was horrific. As in most other towns and villages, there would not have been a family in Winton who had not lost a relative or the son of a friend. Many men returned after the war mentally scarred by their experiences for the rest of their lives. Nearly half of the Winton lads who took part in Baden-Powell's Brownsea Island experiment were to die as a result of war wounds or gassing. No less than eleven members of the choir of St John's Church lost their lives as soldiers in the Great War.
A survey of the war memorials of the three parishes of St Luke's, St John the Baptist, and St Alban's yields a total of approaching three hundred dead across the Winton, Moordown and Charminster area. The real total is almost certainly considerably more than this. The list of names shows sometimes as many as four from the same family. In some cases it was brothers. In others it was uncles, cousins and even fathers and sons.