My new favorite Iron Maiden song is the Empire of the Clouds, but I don't understand a thing in the lyrics. This is the part in question:
"And in a country churchyard, laid head to the mast 1840 souls, who came to die in france"
This implies to me that the number of the victims was 1840 but the Wiki page of the R101 accident says that 48 people died in the disaster, including 2 people that died later in hospital. So where this number 1840 might have come from?