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HELSTON WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - detailed information
Compiled and copyright © George Pritchard 2005
Researched and corrected John Milner 2006

The memorial takes the form of a Celtic Cross on a plinth within the churchyard.

Photograph Copyright © George Pritchard 2005

1914-1918 War

ADAMS

Lewis

Private 33650, 10th Battalion Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry. Killed in action Sunday 18 February 1917, France and Flanders. Born Helston . Enlisted Helston Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

ADAMS

William Hammell

Company Sergeant Major T15R/173, 109th Company 22nd Divisional Train, Army Service Corps. Died Tuesday 7 November 1916. Aged 42. Born Helston. Enlisted Woolwich. Residence 61 Hardens Manor Way, Charlton, London. Husband of Henrietta Adams. Son of Peter and Elizabeth Adams, Helston. Buried in Salonika (Lembet Road) Military Cemetery, Greece.

ADDISON

Eddie

Armourer’s Mate M/3114, HMS Vivid, Royal Navy. Died Monday 14 October 1918. Buried in Plymouth (Western Mill) Cemetery, Devon.

ANGROVE

F C

No further information currently available Possibly Navy.

ANGOVE

Thomas James

Private 3/6130, Depot Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry. Died Saturday 28 August 1915, UK. Born St Erth, Hayle. Enlisted Bodmin. Residence The Clies, Meneage Road, Helston. Husband of Annie Angove. Buried in Bodmin Cemetery, Cornwall.

ANTONY

William Henry

Private 113885, 2nd Division Cyclist Company. Died Thursday 27 December 1917, Palestine. Aged 25. Born Helston. Enlisted Helston. Residence 9 Penrose Road, Helston. Son of WJ and E Anthony. Buried in Port Said War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt.

BARBER

Arthur

Private 46136, 2nd Battalion Essex Regiment. Died Friday 9 August 1917, France and Flanders. Born Falmouth. Enlisted Redruth. Residence Newham, Sithney, Helston. Son of John and Catherine Barber. Buried in Mont-Bernanchon British Cemetery, Gonnehem, Pas de Calais, France.

BARBER

Leonard

Private 34569, 9th Battalion Loyal North Lancs. Killed in action Saturday 4 August 1917, France and Flanders. Born Helston . Enlisted Helston. Formerly 176732 Royal Engineers. Residence Commemorated on Menin Gate, Ieper, Belgium.

BASSETT

Thomas John

Private 26362, 7th Battalion Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry. (61st Brigade, 20th (Light) Division in action Killed in action Monday 2 October 1916, France and Flanders. Aged 21. Morval – Le Transloy at time Killed in action.). Born Helston. Enlisted Bodmin. Residence 84 Meneage Street, Helston. Son of John and Mary Ann Basset. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

BEARE

Joseph Henry Maurice

[Henry on Helston WM] Private 19383, 1st Battalion Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry. Killed in action Friday 21 April 1916, France and Flanders. Aged 36. Born Helston. Enlisted Helston. Residence 5 Godolphin Road, Helston. Husband of Lilly May Beare. Buried in Faubourg D’Amiens Cemetery, Arras, Pas de Calais, France.

BEARE

W Reginald

Private 55019, 13th Battalion Royal Fusiliers. Killed in action Thursday 4 October 1917, France and Flanders. Aged 20. Born Devonport. Enlisted Helston. Formerly 3147 Royal Fusiliers. Residence 10 Penrose Road, Helston. Son of James Thomas and Ellen Beare. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium.

BICKLE

Thomas J

Private 17044, 1st Battalion Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry. Killed in action Monday 4 September 1916, France and Flanders. Born Launceston. Enlisted Camborne. Residence Wendron, Helston. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

BRAY

William Kemp

Private 29377, 12th Battalion Somerset LI. Died of wounds Tuesday 3 September 1918, France and Flanders. Aged 19. Born Helston. Enlisted Helston. Residence White Hill, Helston. Son of Mr JK and Mrs MA Bray. Buried in Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France.

CARA

Thomas Alfred

Wireless Telegraph Operator, SS Sampan, Mercantile Marine. Died Saturday 16 November 1918. Aged 22. Born Penzance. Enlisted Formerly 126617 Wireless Section RE . Residence Milford House, Helston. Son of Thomas Mills and Elfie Cara. Buried in Gillingham (Woodlands) Cemetery, Kent.

CHANNON

Henry

Private 36565, 149th Company, Royal Defence Corps. Died 20 October 1917, UK. Aged 46. Born Ottery St Mary. Enlisted Finsbury. Residence 10 Godolphin Road, Helston. Husband of Emma Channon. Buried in Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey

CHENOWETH

Thomas John

Private 33951, 1st Battalion Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry. Killed in action Monday 23 April 1917, France and Flanders. Born Helston. Enlisted Helston. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

COUPLAND-SMITH

Vivian

Lt 173rd Brigade RFA Killed in action – Monday 21 July 1917 Buried in Lone Tree Cemetery (Spanbroekmolen) West Flanders.

COURTIER

Foster

Private 46228, 3rd Battalion Royal Fusiliers. Died Thursday 17 October 1918, Aged 36. Born Helston. Enlisted Mill Hill. Residence 137 Lichfield Grove, Church End, Finchley, London. Husband of Lily Mary Courtier. Son of Thomas and Helen Courtier, Helston. Buried in Highland Cemetery, Le Cateau Nord, France.

CUNNACK, MC

George Thomas

Captain, 180th Tunnelling Company, Royal Engineers. Died of wounds Thursday 17 October 1918, France and Flanders. MC Gazetted Feb 1919 Buried in Serain Communal Cemetery, Aisne, France.

GRANVILLE

Basil Raymond N

Captain, 7th Battalion Royal Fusiliers. Killed in action Monday 23 April 1917, France and Flanders. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

HALL

Samuel Beckerleg

Private 395700, 426th Company Labour Corps. Died Saturday 26 April 1919, UK. Aged 29. Formerly 267099, 2 /1st Kent Cyclist Battalion. Residence 21 Church Street, Helston. Son of Evelina Hall. Buried in Shorncliffe Military Cemetery, Kent.

HARRIS

Frederick Charles

Private 290393, 2nd Battalion Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action Friday 31 May 1918, France and Flanders. Aged 20. Born Helston. Enlisted Helston. Residence Silver Hill, Helston. Son of Thomas John and Charlotte Ann Harris. Brother of William Henry below. Commemorated on Soissons Memorial, Aisne, France.

HARRIS

William Henry

Sapper 132338, 251st Tunnelling Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in action Saturday 2 September 1916, France and Flanders. Aged 23. Born Helston. Enlisted Helston Formerly 22222 Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry. Residence Siver Hill, Helston. Son of Thomas John and Charlotte Ann Harris. Brother of Frederick Charles above. Buried in Cambrin Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

HAWKE

John Edmond

[Jack on Helston WM]Private 45754, 9th Battalion Devonshire Regiment. Died Tuesday 13 March 1917, France and Flanders. Aged 22. Enlisted Helston. Residence 5 St John’s Road, Helston. Son of Richard James and Susan Ann Hawke. Buried in Mailly Wood Cemetery, Somme, France.

HEATH

Francis Henry

Private 54029, 2nd Battalion The King’s (Liverpool Regiment). Died Monday 28 July 1919, UK. Aged 45. Residence 121 Meneage Street, Helston. Son of Alexander and Margaret Jane Heath. Brother of William Alexander below. Buried in Helston Cemetery, Meneage Road.

HEATH

William Alexander

Private 89479, 2/2nd (Wessex) Field Ambulance RAMC. Died of wounds Thursday 30 May 1918, Italy. Aged 30. Born Heston. Enlisted Torquay. Residence 121 Meneage Street Helston. Son of Alexander and Margaret Jane Heath. Brother of Francis Henry above. Buried in Montecchio Precalcino Communal Cemetery Extension, Italy.

JAMES

Richard Joseph

Private SS/13844, 18th Labour Company, Army Service Corps. Died when HMT Royal Edward torpedoed in Aegean by UB14 commanded by Oberleutnant zur see Heino von Heimburg. Died at Sea, Friday 13 August 1915. Aged 42. Born Helston. Enlisted London. See Polglase. Residence 84 Park Road, Camborne. Husband of Alice Maud James. Son of Mr and Mrs Peter James, 1 Godolphin Road, Helston. Commemorated on Helles Memorial, Turkey.

JEWELL

James

Private 200173, 1/4th Battalion Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry. Died Wednesday 19 February 1919, Italy. Aged 24. Residence 36 Lower Road, Helston. Son of William George and Avis Jewell. Buried in Foggia Communal Cemetery, Italy.

LUKIES

William John

Private 4572, 1/1st Battalion Ox and Bucks LI. Killed in action Sunday 23 July 1916, France and Flanders. Aged 25. Born Porthleven. Enlisted Helston. Residence “Mamas Geras” Lower Road, Helston. Son of Mary and the late JW Lukies. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

MANNING

Thomas John Charles

Bombardier 132738, 32nd Siege Bty RGA. Died of wounds Monday 29 July 1918, France and Flanders. Aged 25. Born Torquay. Enlisted St Ives, Cornwall. Residence 148 Meneage Street, Helston. Husband of Harriet May Manning. Son of Charles William and Elizabeth J Manning, Cornwall Street, Whitecross, Hereford. SDGW has residence Bath. Buried in Longuenesse (St Omer) Souvenir Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

MATTHEWS

Cecil

Deck Hand 11107DA, HM Trawler Loch Naver, Royal Naval Reserve. Died Monday 13 May 1918. Aged 34. Residence St John’s, Helston. Husband of Ethel Matthews. Son of John Henry and the late Charlotte Matthews, Porthleven. Commemorated on Plymouth Naval Memorial, Devon.

MOON

Frederick James

Private 16605, 1st Battalion Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action Monday 25 September 1916, France and Flanders. Born Helston. Enlisted Exeter Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

MOON

Phillip H

Private R4/065644, 3rd Base Remount Depot, Army Service Corps. Died Thursday 9 December 1915, France and Flanders. Born Helston. Enlisted Shirehampton, Bristol. Residence Helston Buried in Janval Cemetery Dieppe, Seine-Maritime, France.

NEWMAN

Charles H

No further information currently available

OSMOND

Thomas

{Osmand on Helston WM] Sapper 132261, 251st Tunnelling Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in action Saturday 29 January 1916, France and Flanders. Aged 30. Born Helston. Enlisted Helston. Formerly 22534 Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry. Residence 6 Park View, Helston. Husband of Henrietta Osmond. Son of William Osmond, Helston. Buried in Cambrin Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France

PASCOE

Edward

Private 45775, 9th Battalion Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action Friday 26 October 1917, France and Flanders, Aged 29. Born Helston. Enlisted Teignmouth. Residence 123 Menaege Street, Helston. Son of Edwin Pascoe. Buried in Hooge Crater Cemetery, Ieper, Belgium.

PASCOE

Edwin James

Private 19734, 6th Battalion Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry. Killed in action Wednesday 16 August 1916, France and Flanders. Aged 36. Born Helston. Enlisted Bodmin. Residence 5 Shoot Hill, Helston. Husband of Eliza Pascoe. Son of William Edwin and Annie Pascoe, 1 Church Street, Helston. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

PASCOE

Henry

[Harry on Helston WM] Corporal 200104, 1/4th Battalion Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry. Died of wounds 22 November 1917, Palestine. Born Helston. Enlisted Helston. Residence Buried in Jerusalem War Cemetery, Isreal.

PASCOE

Herbert

Lance Corporal 11669, 1st Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment. Died of wounds Thursday 25 March 1915, France and Flanders. Aged 20. Born Wendron. Enlisted Maidenhead. Residence 78 Turnpike, Helston. Son of George Drew and Eliza Jane Pascoe. Buried in Bethune Town Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

PAUL

William Henry

Private 40494, 11th Battalion South Wales Borderers. Killed in action Tuesday 31 July 1917, France and Flanders. Born Plymouth. Enlisted Helston. Residence Breage Buried in Cement House Cemetery, Langemarck-Poelkapelle, Belgium.

PERRY

Walter Vivian

Private 31598, 1st Battalion Dorsetshire Regiment. Formerly 39649 Devons. Died of wounds Tuesday 27 August 1918, France and Flanders. Aged 21. Born Helston. Enlisted Helston. Residence 40 Meneage Street, Helston. Son of Thomas and Minnie Perry. Buried in Heath Cemetery, Harbonnieres, Somme, France.

POLGLASE

Richard Henry

Private SS/13843, 18th Labour Company Army Service Corps. Died when HMT Royal Edward torpedoed in Aegean by UB14 commanded by Oberleutnant zur see Heino von Heimberg. Died at Sea, Friday 13 August 1915. Aged 40. Born Helston . Enlisted London. See James. Residence 33 Wendron Street, Helston. Husband of Amelia Jane Polglase. Son of William Henry and Elizabeth Polglase, 41 Wendron Street, Helston. Commemorated on Helles Memorial, Turkey.

RICHARDS

Leslie

No further information currently available

SILVESTER

William Edwin

Stoker 1st Class K/4986, HMS Bergamot, Royal Navy. Died Monday 13 August 1917. Aged 31. Enlisted HMS Bergamot, Sloop, torpedoed by U-Boat in Atlantic. Residence Silver Hill, Helston. Husband of Mary Ann Silvester. Son of Dan Silvester. Commemorated on Plymoth Naval Memorial, Devon.

SMITH

E H

[Alfred Ernest on SDGW CD] Private SS/13903, Army Service Corps. Died at Sea when HMT Royal Edward torpedoed in Aegean by UB14 commanded by Oberleutnant zur see Heino von Heimburg 13 August 1915. Born Epsom, Surrey Died Enlisted London – see James and Polglase. Residence Helston Commemorated on Helles Memorial, Turkey.

SMITH

H

[George Harold on SDGW CD] Lance Corporal 266781, 2nd/1st Ox and Bucks LI Killed in action 22 August 1917. Born Lincoln. Enlisted Helston. Residence Helston? Buried in Tyne Cot Memorial

STEPHENS

Leslie

No further information currently available

SYMONS

Samuel James

Private 128477, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Died 30 March 1918, POW, France and Flanders. Born Helston. Enlisted Redruth Buried in Liege (Robermont) Cemetery, Liege, Belgium.

TRELOAR

William Henry Mitchell

Yeoman of Signals 7317, Royal Australian Navy, HMAT Cerberus. Died – Australia. Born Helston. Residence 24 Wellington Street, St Kilda, Victoria Husband of Susannah Esther Treloar. Son of Thomas and Caroline Treloar. Buried in Footscray Cemetery, Victoria.

TRETHOWAN

Vyvyan Thomas

Trooper? 212188, No 1 Air Line Section, Royal Engineers. Died Monday 30 December 1918, Greece. Aged 31 . Residence 51 Manor Street, Port Talbot. Husband of Mary Jane Trethowan. Son of Edwin and Elizabeth Jane Trethowan, Helston. Buried in Mikra British Cemetery, Kalamaria, Greece.

TYACKE

Charles Noel Walker

Captain (TF), 5th Battalion Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry. Killed in action Saturday 23 March 1918, France and Flanders. Aged 34. Born Helston. Residence Breage Vicarage, Helston. Husband of Phoebe Mary Cicely Tyacke. Son of Mr and Mrs J Walt(k)er Tyacke. Buried in Ham British Cemetery, Muille-Villette, Somme, France.

VAUSE

Thomas Walker

[Vawse on Helston WM]. Private 19816, 1st Battalion Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry Killed in action Friday 23 August 1918, France and Flanders. Born York. Enlisted Helston Buried in Queens Cemetery, Bucquoy, Pas de Calais, France.

VIRGIN

Percy V

Airman 2683, Royal Flying Corps. Died Tuesday 23 January 1917. Buried in Helston Cemetery, Meneage Road.

VISICK

William M

Able Seaman Z/3524, SS Goetoer Palace, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, Died Friday 11 October 1918. Aged 23. Born Redruth. Residence 103 Meneage Street, Helston. Husband of Kathleen P Visick. Son of William Mancell Visick. Buried in Redruth Cemetery, Cornwall. Not on Helston War memorial

WHITE

George

No further information currently available

WILLIAMS

James

Corporal 47202, 12th Battalion (Rangers) London Regiment. Died of wounds Thursday 4 October 1917, France and Flanders. Born Helston. Enlisted London. Residence Hornsey Buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

WILLIAMS

James Henry

Private 75258, 52nd Battalion Devonshire Regiment. Died Wednesday 19 March 1919, Germany. Aged 18. Residence 8 Coinagehall Street, Helston. Son of Henry and Nellie Williams. Buried in Cologne Southern Cemetery, Germany.

WILLIAMS

John White

Lance Corporal 240428, 1/5th Battalion Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry. Died Sunday 19 August 1917, France and Flanders. Aged 21. Born . Enlisted Helston. Residence Helston. Son of Simon and Jane Williams. Buried in Brandhoek New Military Cemetery No 3, Ieper, Belgium.

WILLIAMS

William J

Private 33882, Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry. Died Sunday 13 June 1920. Born . Enlisted . Residence Buried in Helston Cemetery, Meneage Road.

WINN

Arthur

Private 290394, 2nd Battalion Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action Thursday 16 August 1917, France and Flanders. Aged 22. Born Helston. Enlisted Helston. Residence Church Hill, Helston. Son of William John Winn. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium.

Not on memorial

RICHARDS

John Henry

Private 42656, 11th Battalion Hampshire Regiment. Died Thursday 15 April 1920, UK. Aged 21. Enlisted Not on Helston Memorial or SDGW CD. Residence 14A Church Street, Helston. Son of Edwin and Elizabeth Richards. Buried in Helston Cemetery, Meneage Road

1939-1945 War

ANTHONY

Henry Roy

176446, Pilot Officer (Pilot), 103 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Age 21. Killed in action or died of wounds 15 July 1944. Son of Albert Edwin and Irene Marguerite Anthony, Helston, Cornwall. Buried in Magny-Fouchard Churchyard – Grave 1.

ANTHONY

Fred Geach

5627877, Private, Devonshire Regiment, attached HQ 77th Division. Age 38, Died 15 August 1943. Son of Mr and Mrs G H Anthony, Helston. Buried in Helston Cemetery, North Centre New Sec L 16 Grave 6.

BARRETT

Montague Percival

5438361, Private, 1st Battalion, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. Age 26. Killed in action or died of wounds 5/ June 1942. Son of William and Cassandra Barrett; husband of Ida Barrett, Helston, Cornwall. Alamein Memorial – Column 61.

HOCKING

Frederick George

5629078, Private, Corps of Military Police Age 23, Died 15 September 1943. Son of William John and Agnes Louisa Hocking, of Helston. Helston Cemetery – South Centre New Sec K 11 Grave 4.

KEMPTHORNE

Ronald Dunstan

1585078, Sergeant, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Age 21. Killed in action or died of wounds 30 August 1944. Son of Edward and Lily J Kempthorne, Penzance, Cornwall. Runnymede Memorial – Panel 232.

LAITY

William

5438431, Private, 1st Battalion, King's Own Royal Regiment (Lancaster), Age 29, Killed in action or died of wounds 14 November 1943. Son of William and Mary Laity, of Helston, Cornwall; husband of Edith R Laity, Penzance, Cornwall. Athens Memorial – Face 5.

OPIE

John James

1312291, Sergeant (Air Gnr), 166 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Age 21. Killed in action or died of wounds 28 April 1944 Son of Charles Opie and of Celia Opie (nee Stone); nephew of Mr JR Opie, Helston, Cornwall. Heiteren Communal Cemetery – Grave 4.

PENLERICK

William E

No further information currently available

POLKINGHORNE

Eric Downing

632893, Sergeant, 10 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Age 32, Killed in action 16 January 1941 Son of Edwin and Elizabeth Merrifield Polkinghorne; husband of Gwendoline Mary Polkinghorne, Hornchurch, Essex. Runnymede Memorial – Panel 50.

REYNOLDS

John James Montague

Midshipman, HMS Manistee, Royal Naval Reserve. Killed in action or died of wounds 24 February 1941. Portsmouth Naval Memorial – Panel 60, Column 1.

STEPHENS

Alfred Douglas

996653, Gunner, Royal Artillery, 574 Coast Regiment. Age 25. Died of wounds 21 August 1945. Padua War Cemetery – II A 1.

STEPHENS

John Jarvis

1156554, Gunner, 3 Airlanding Anti-Tank Battery, Royal Artillery. Age 21. Killed in action or died of wounds 24 March 1945. Reichsweld Forest War Cemetery – 32 E 3

STURGESS

Ronald William

198396, Lieutenant, 10th (2nd Battalion, The Tower Hamlets Rifles) Battalion, Rifle Brigade. Age 32. Killed in action or died of wounds 24 April 1943. Son of Henry William John and Emma Grace Sturgess; husband of Angela Ermin Sturgess, Helston, Cornwall. Massicault War Cemetery – I M 11.

THOMAS

Benjamin James

623547, Sergeant (Flt Engr) , 90 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Age 24. Killed in action or died of wounds 23 September 1943. Son of Richard Edy Thomas and Elizabeth Jane Thomas, Helston, Cornwall. Hanover War Cemetery – Coll grave 11A 15-19

TOSSELL

Walter Reginald

5439739, Private, 1st Battalion, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. Age 22. Killed in action or died of wounds 7 June 1942 at the Battle of Gazala (Bir el Harmat). Son of Walter and Lily Tossell, Helston, Cornwall. KnightsbridgeWar Cemetery, Acroma – 12 F 23

TUPPEN

Roy Egerton

Second Officer, MV Duffield (Newcastle-on-Tyne), Merchant Navy. Age 53. Killed in action or died of wounds 9 April 1941 Son of Horace and Jane Tuppen; husband of Lillian Egerton Tuppen, Pevensey, Cornwall. Master Mariner, Merchant Navy. Tower Hill Memorial – Panel 36.

WILLIAMS

Walter James

1923615, Sapper, 191 Railway Operating Company, Royal Engineers. Age 24. Killed in action or died of wounds 5 December 1943 at the Battle of Gazala (Bir el Harmat). Son of Mrs M A Williams, Helston, Cornwall; husband of Mabel Williams. Calcutta (Bhowanipore) Cemetery – Plot L Grave 105.

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