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PAUL WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - detailed information
Compiled and copyright © George Pritchard 2005
additional information Bob Harrison

The Paul parish memorial is in the form of a clocktower which forms part of the church it was orginally set to commemorated those from World War 1 who died but has been added to cover those from World War 2 as well.

Photographs Copyright © George Pritchard 2005

THE CLOCK HAS BEEN PLACED IN THIS TOWER IN
PROUD AND GRATEFUL MEMORY OF THE FOLLOWING
MEN FROM THE PARISH OF PAUL WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR
THEIR COUNTRY IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 1918.

ASH

Edmund
Leading Seaman 3247C, S.S. "Dartmoor", Royal Naval Reserve. Killed or died as a direct result of enemy action 16 May 1917. Born 16 December 1879 in Mousehole, Cornwall. Next of kin Mrs Ash, Cherry Garden Street, Mousehole, Cornwall. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 23.

BLEWETT

Cecil
Private 33850, 1st Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment. Died of wounds 23 August 1918. Born Paul, enlisted Penzance, resident Mousehole, Cornwall. Son of William Henry and Rovena Blewett, of Mousehole, Penzance. Buried in BOIS-GUILLAUME COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Seine-Maritime, France. Plot/Row/Section E. Grave 18A.

BLEWETT

Edwin Charles
Seaman 2204/C, H.M.S. "Albion", Royal Naval Reserve. Died from disease. 9 July 1916. Aged 36. Born 10 October 1878 in Mousehole, Cornwall. Son of Frank and Adela Blewett; husband of Nellie Blewett, of Chapel St., Mousehole, Penzance. Born at Mousehole. In the 1911 census he was married to Nellie with one daughter Nellie Mary, aged 30, born Mousehole, fisherman, resident Mill Pool, Mousehole, Paul, Cornwall. Buried in PENZANCE (PAUL) CEMETERY, Cornwall. Grave 1072.

BLEWETT

John Thomas
Seaman 1494C, H.M.S. "Goliath", Royal Naval Reserve. Died 13 May 1915. Aged 36. Son of William and Hester Blewett, of Mousehole, Penzance; husband of M. A. Blewett, 1, Umfula Place, St. Ives, Cornwall. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 8.

BLEWETT

[John] Marrack
Leading Seaman 1488C, S.S. "Alnwick Castle", Royal Naval Reserve. Died 19 March 1917. Aged 39. Son of Francis and Adela Blewett, of Mousehole, Penzance; husband of Rebecca A. Blewett, of 15, Gwavas St., Penzance. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 23.

BODINAR

William
Deck Hand 11434DA, H.M.M.S. "Blackmorevale", Royal Naval Reserve. Died 1 May 1918. Aged 20. Son of John and Elizabeth Bodinar, of Gurnick St., Mousehole, Penzance. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 29.

BOLITHO, DSO

William Edward Thomas
Lieutenant Colonel, Commanding, Royal 1st Devon Yeomanry. Died 21 February 1919. Aged 56. born on 2 July 1862. Son of William Bolitho and Mary H. Bolitho, of Polwithen, Penzance; husband of Ethel Grace Bolitho (nee Macleod), of Trevelloe, Paul, Penzance; father of William Torquill Macleod Bolitho (below). Served in the South African Campaign; wounded slightly on 13 December 1900 at Nooitgedacht. Buried in North-East of Churchyard, beside path in GULVAL (ST. GULVAL) CHURCHYARD AND CEMETERY, Cornwall.

BOLITHO

William Torquill Macleod
Lieutenant, 19th (Queen Alexandra's Own Royal) Hussars. Died 24 May 1915. Aged 22. Son of Lt. Col. W. E. T. Bolitho (above), D.S.O., and Mrs. Ethel G. Bolitho, of York House, Trevelloe, Penzance. Served 2 years in the Royal Navy, as midshipman. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 5.

Extract from Bond of Sacrifice Volume 2:

LIEUTENANT WILLIAM TORQUILL MACLEOD BOLITHO, 19th (QUEEN ALEXANDRA'S OWN ROYAL) HUSSARS, born on the 13th November, 1892, was the only surviving son of Major W. E. T. Bolitho, D.S.O., 1st Royal Devon Imperial Yeomanry, of York House, Penzance, and of Hannaford Ashburton.

He was educated at Warren Hill, Eastbourne, from which he passed into Osborne College, and afterwards Dartmouth, becoming before he left head of each of the latter. Having joined the Royal Navy as a Midshipman, he passed first out of the cruiser H.M.S. " Cumberland," taking three prizes, and while on H.M.S. " Bellerophon " he won the " Stoddart " Cup, presented by Admiral Sir John Jellicoe, for boat-sailing. In 1912 he left the Navy and entered the Special Reserve of the Army, and in May, 1913, received his commission in the 19th Hussars. In August, 1914 he crossed to France with " B " Squadron of his regiment, with which he remained until his death, having been promoted Lieutenant in March, 1915. He was in the engagement at Wieltje, north of Ypres, on the 13th May, and on the 24th May, 1915, after a gas attack at dawn, his squadron was sent to help the 18th Hussars, near the Chateau, Hooge, Ypres where he and five of his men were killed by a shell.

Lieutenant Bolitho was a good rider, was very fond of hunting and polo, and rode in local point-to point races.

CARNE

Richard
Private 31792, 2nd Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment. Killed in action 24 April 1918. Born and resident Paul, enlisted Penzance. No known grave. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 24 and 25.

CHIRGWIN

John [Charles]
Corporal 17031, 15th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Died of wounds 15 July 1917. Aged 29. Born Penzance, enlisted Rugby, Warwicks. Son of Charles and Elizabeth W. Chirgwin, of Trungle Moor, Paul, Penzance, Cornwall. Buried in ROCLINCOURT MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row C. Grave 27.

CHIRGWIN

Thomas Warren
Private 46088, 12th Battalion, Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment). Died of wounds 7 January 1918. Aged 34. Born and resident Paul, enlisted Penzance. Son of Charles and Elizabeth Warren Chirgwin, of Parr, Cornwall; husband of Mabel Irene Chirgwin, of Penzer House, Newlyn West, Penzance. Formerly 187805, Royal Engineers. Buried in ACHIET-LE-GRAND COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row D. Grave 25.

DREW

Ernest
Private 391942, Southern Command Labour Centre, Labour Corps. Died in United Kingdom 24 October 1917. Born and resident Paul, enlisted Penzance. Buried in PENZANCE (PAUL) CEMETERY, Cornwall. Grave 114.

FORBES

[William] Alexander [Stanhope] aka Alec
Second Lieutenant. 1st Battalion Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry, 95th Brigade, 5th Division. Killed in action on Sunday 3rd September 1916 age 23. Son of Stanhope Alexander Forbes and Elizabeth Adela Forbes, of Higher Fangan, Newlyn, Penzance. Student of the Royal Architectural Association. Enlisted in early 1916 and selected for officer training. On or about 29th August 1916 he crossed to France and joined 1 DCLI with four other young 2nd Lieutenants. On 3rd September 1916 the Battalion took part in the final attack on the notorious Guillemont strong point. The village of Guillemont had been totally razed by shellfire but, because it represented vital tactical ground had been very heavily defended. Already three major attacks had been thwarted at considerable cost of life. This fourth attack was entirely successful and was accomplished with comparatively few casualties. However, amongst those who were killed was Alec Stanhope Forbes, together with three of the four newly joined subalterns (W.T. Hichens, E. G. T. Kitson and J.G. Teague) who had accompanied him to France. He was a student of the Royal Architectural Association. Only son of Stanhope Alexander Forbes (Artist) and Elizabeth Adela Forbes (Artist) of Higher Faugan, Newlyn. Listed on Newlyn War Memorial, on Sancreed Church War Memorial and family plaque within Sancreed Church. Also listed in Penzance Book of Remembrance. On his headstone in Guillemont his parents added the following inscription:- He saw beyond the filth of battle and thought death a fair price to pay to belong to the company of these fellows. It is well worth making a visit to Sancreed Church to see the impressive family memorial plaque in memory of Second Lieutenant William Alexander Stanhope (Alex) Forbes. It is a two by three foot bronze plaque of the young man which was executed by his father. It shows him as a 2/Lt in DCLI uniform with a tower and bridge in the background which were taken from a series of drawings by Alex for which he won a travelling studentship of the Architectural Association. The architectural part of the monument was executed under the direction of Mr Edward Warren F.S.A who was also the architect of Newlyn War Memorial. The entablature surrounding the plaque is of grey stone with black marble columns from Derbyshire. Buried in GUILLEMONT ROAD CEMETERY, GUILLEMONT, Somme, France. Plot I. Row A. Grave 1.

GAGE

Robert [Hewett Rockwood]
Acting Bombardier 855315, 1st/5th Hants Battery, Royal Field Artillery, Died 22 September 1916. Aged 24. Born at Fleet, Hants, enlistd Newport, Isle of Wight. Son of Uriah Woodard Tregurtha Gage and Martha Gage (nee Hewett), of 6, Lannoweth Rd., Penzance. In the 1911 census he was aged 18, born Fleet, Hampshire, apprentice engineer, boarding with Kate Corke at Rose Villa, Beckford Road, Cowe,s Isle of Wight, Hampshire. Buried in AGHDAD (NORTH GATE) WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Plot XXI. Row L. Grave 11.

GILES

Percy

Private 43903, 9th (Service) Battalion, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, 64th Brigade, 21st Division. Formerly 164039 Royal Hussars and Royal Field Artillery. Died of wounds on Monday 30th April 1917 age 19. Born at Castallack, Paul and enlisted at Penzance. Son of William and Annie Giles of Bosava, Castallack and later of Sparnon, St Buryan, Penzance. Buried in WARLINCOURT HALTE BRITISH CEMETERY, SAULTY, Saulty, Pas de Calais, France. Plot X. Row E. Grave 13.

Listed in Penzance Book of Remembrance and on headstone in Paul Cemetery, Sheffield Road, Paul. 9 KOYLI, part of 64th Brigade, relieved 1st Cameronians in the line near Fontaine on 25th April 1917. On the following two days they carried out normal trench routine but did suffer from enemy shelling. On 28th both A and D companies carried out a limited attack in order to straighten the line. This was only partically successful, achieving 150 yards but at the cost of over 50 casualties. The following day the enemy counter attacked successfully in the early morning but were ejected from the forward trenches by B and C companies. A further unsuccessful enemy attack took place later that morning.

HARRY

Josiah
Seaman. 1729D. Royal Naval Reserve. HMS Albion. Died on Monday 28th June 1915 age 48. Son of William and Mary Jacka Harry of Mousehole; husband of Elizabeth Jane Richards Harry of Regent Terrace, Mousehole. Shipmate of Edwin Blewett (see above). No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon (Panel 8), on Mousehole Methodist Church War Memorial and in Penzance Book of Remembrance. HMS Albion, a Canopus class battleship, was badly damaged by Turkish fire while covering the Gallipoli landings. Josiah Harry passed away whilst on the voyage home and was buried at sea. HMS Albion returned to British waters in 1916 and was sold for scrap in 1919.

HARRY

William [Gilbert] aka Willie
Seaman. 3215C. Royal Naval Reserve. HMS Goliath. Lost at sea through enemy action on Thursday 13th May 1915 age 35. Son of John Semmens Harry and Mary Ann Harry of Brook Street, Mousehole; husband of Alberta Thomas Harry of Keigwin Place, Mousehole, Penzance. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon (Panel 8), on the HMS Goliath plaque in Paul Church and in Penzance Book of Remembrance. HMS Goliath, a Canopus class battleship, was sunk on 13th May 1915 by a Turkish torpedo boat off Cape Helles, Gallipoli with the loss of over 500 crew.

HARVEY

Emmanuel
Lance Serjeant RMA/9497, Royal Marine Artillery. HMS Aboukir. Drowned on Tuesday 22nd September 1914 age 32 years. Born in Wimborne, Dorset. Son of Joseph and Susannah Harvey, 35 High Street, Hornsey, London; husband of Mary Julia Harvey of Mousehole, Penzance, Cornwall. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon (Panel 5) and on tablet in Mousehole Methodist Church, in Penzance Book of Remembrance and on his wife’s headstone in Paul Cemetery, Sheffield Road, Paul. First man on the Mousehole “Roll of Honour” for the Great War. HMS Aboukir, a Cressy class armoured cruiser, was part of Cruiser Force C in the North Sea. Due to bad weather the force had no destroyer escort and on 22nd September 1914 HMS Aboukir, along with HMS Hogue and HMS Cressy, was sunk by German submarine U9.

HARVEY

John Phillips
Deck Hand 9742/DA, H.M. Trawler "Slebech", Royal Naval Reserve. Died 2 February 1916. Aged 52. Son of Peter Harvey; husband of Emily Pezzeek Harvey, of 15, St. Warren St., Penzance. Buried in PENZANCE (PAUL) CEMETERY, Cornwall. Section/Plot 39 Grave 721.

HARVEY

William [James]
Leading Seaman 4702/A, S.S. "Everilda", Royal Naval Reserve. Died 17 November 1918. Aged 29. Son of William James and Elizabeth Harvey; husband of Minnie Batten Harvey, of 3, Brook St., Mousehole, Penzance. Born at Mousehole. Buried in PENZANCE (PAUL) CEMETERY, Cornwall. Section/Plot 62 Grave 1145.

JENKIN

Richard Charles
Deck Hand. Mercantile Marine. HM Yacht Patrol. Died in hospital in Portsmouth of pneumonia on Monday 16th September 1918 age 28. Second son of John and Patience Jane Jenkin of St James Place, Mousehole; husband of Florence May Jenkin, North Cliff, Mousehole, Penzance; brother of William Jenkin (see below). Richard Jenkin had just been drafted from his ship to Royal Naval Barracks in Portsmouth, to undergo training in gunnery, when he was taken ill. Buried, with full naval honours, in PAUL CEMETERY, Sheffield Road, Paul (Grave 250). Listed in Penzance Book of Remembrance.

JENKIN

William John
Deck Hand 15226/DA, H.M. Trawler "Hercules IV", Royal Naval Reserve. Died 5 November 1918. Aged 32. Buried in PENZANCE (PAUL) CEMETERY, Cornwall. Grave 226.

JOHNS

Richard [W]
Corporal 330473, 4th (reserve) Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. Died 14 May 1920. Aged 29. Son of Mr. R. W. Johns, of 3, St. Clement's Terrace, Mousehole, Penzance. Buried in PENZANCE (PAUL) CEMETERY, Cornwall. Grave 302.

KEAST

William
Stoker 1st Class 301253, Royal Navy. HMS Majestic. Killed in action on Thursday 27 May 1915 age 35. Resident of Sheffield, Paul, Penzance. Second son of Robert and Margaret Keast of Paul. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon (Panel 6) and in Penzance Book of Remembrance. HMS Majestic, a Majestic Class battleship, took part in the rescue of the crew from HMS Goliath on 15 May 1915 and the Dardanelles bombardments on 26 May 1915. However, on the following day was twice torpedoed by German submarine U21 during the bombardment off Gaba Tepe (“W” Beach), Cape Helles, Gallipoli, Turkey and sank within seven minutes. Fortyfour of her crew perished.

KELYNACK

William [Harry]
Private 44619, 8th Battalion, Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire Regiment). Killed in action 23 October 1918. Aged 19. Born Paul, enlisted Bodmin, Penzance (sic). Son of John and Annie Kelynack, of Duke St., Mousehole, Cornwall. Formerly 26546, Royal Warwickhire Regiment. Buried in POMMEREUIL BRITISH CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot/Row/Section D. Grave 8.

LEGG

George
Bombardier 191062, “N” Anti-Aircraft Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Formerly 74165, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action on Friday 3rd May 1918 age 27 in France. Native of Eastgate, Chichester, Sussex. Enlisted at Chichester. Son of James and Ellen Legg; husband of Ethel Legg of Gurnick Street, Mousehole, Penzance. Buried in MAILLYWOOD CEMETERY, Somme, France Plot 11. Row J. Grave 5. Listed in Penzance Book of Remembrance.

MADDERN

Herbert
Private 16753, "B" Company, 7th Battalion, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. Died in United Kingdom 22 September 1916. Aged 21. Born and resident Paul, enlisted Penzance. Baptised 3 March 1895 in Penzance. Son of James and Sarah Maddern, of 4, Parc Terrace, Newlyn. Born at Newlyn. In the 1911 census he was aged 15, born Newlyn, an Engineer's Assistant, resident with his parents, James and Sarah Jane, in Eden Gardens, Newlyn, Penzance, Paul, Cornwall. Buried in PENZANCE (PAUL) CEMETERY, Cornwall. Grave 1077.

PEARCE

John
Leading Seaman. 1455C. Royal Naval Reserve. HMS Berwick. Died of pneumonia on Sunday 29th October 1916 age 45. Born at Perranuthoe. Son of John and Elizabeth Ann Pearce of Mousehole; husband of Jane Frances Pearce of Vivian Street, Mousehole, Penzance. Buried in CHOC BAY WAR CEMETERY, ST LUCIA, West Indies (Row C, Grave 16). Also listed in Penzance Book of Remembrance and on his wife’s headstone in Sheffield Road Cemetery, Paul. HMS Berwick, a Monmouth Class Cruiser, formed part of the 4th Cruiser Squadron on the North America and West Indies Station during the war.

PENPRAZE

Jack
[Listed as PENPRASE, JOHN HENRY on CWGC] Trimmer 3101/ST, H.M.S. "Vivid", Royal Naval Reserve. Died 3 November 1918. Aged 25. Husband of Henrietta Pentreath (formerly Penprase), of 2, Cam Todden Terrace, Mousehole, Penzance. Buried in PENZANCE (PAUL) CEMETERY, Cornwall. Grave 1142.

PENTREATH

Edwin
Seaman 2603/A,H.M.S. "Curlew", Royal Naval Reserve. Died 22 August 1918. Aged 27. Son of John Hocking Pentreath and Ellen Pentreath, of Mount Pleasant St., Mousehole, Penzance. Born at Mousehole. Buried in PENZANCE (PAUL) CEMETERY, Cornwall. Grave 1080.

PERRY

John [James]
Private 24138, 10th Battalion, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. Died of wounds 19 November 1916. Born Paul, enlisted Penzance, resident Heamoor, Cornwall. Buried in BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VIII. Row D. Grave 209.

POLLARD

Joseph
Private 22354, 6th Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment. Died of wounds 22 May 1917. Born and resident Paul, enlisted Penzance. Son of Frank and Eliza Pollard, of Trevelloc, Paul, Penzance. Buried in AUBIGNY COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row G. Grave 7.

QUICK

Richard
Chief Stoker 287343, H.M.S. "Vivid", Royal Navy. Killed or died as a direct result of enemy action 11 June 1916. Aged 36. Born 29 December 1878 in Mousehole, Cornwall. Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. Son of William and Margaret Jane Quick, of Mousehole, Paul; husband of Elizabeth Smith Quick, of The Cliff, Newlyn, Penzance. Served in the South African Campaign. Buried in PENZANCE (PAUL) CEMETERY, Cornwall. Grave 1110.

RICHARDS

[Charles] Everett
Leading Seaman 1460C, H.M.S. "Goliath", Royal Naval Reserve. Died 13 May 1915. Aged 35. Son of Nicholas and Margaret Richards, of Brook Terrace, Mousehole; husband of Clarissa Paul Richards, of Sunny Place, Mousehole, Penzance. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 8.

ROACH, MC

Mathew
Temporary Captain, 255th Tunnelling Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in action 2 July 1916. Aged 28. Awarded the Military Cross (M.C.). In the 1901 census he was aged 13, born Towednack, Cornwall, at school, resident with his parents, William and Ann, at Crofthooper, Ludgvan, Penzance, Cornwall,. No known grave. Commemorated on the ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 1. See also Camborne School of Mines

de ROUFFIGNAC

Ambrose
Master, "Antinoe", Mercantile Marine. Died 28 May 1917. No known grave. Commemorated on TOWER HILL MEMORIAL, London.

SEMMENS

William Thomas
Private 30496, 8th (Service) Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Died of wounds in United Kingdom 17 May 1917. Aged 19. Born Paul, enlisted Exeter, resident Newlyn. Son of William and Elizabeth Semmens, of Treveneth Vian, Paul. Buried in PENZANCE (PAUL) CEMETERY, Cornwall. Grave 787.

SLEEMAN

Ernest [S]
Private 200483, 1/4th Battalion (Territorial Force), Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry, 234th Brigade, 75th Division. Died of wounds in hospital in Egypt on Saturday 21st September 1918 age 35. Ernest was a Territorial Force soldier who enlisted in Helston. Son of Albert and Hepzibah Sleeman of Sheffield, Paul, Penzance. Buried in RAMLEH WAR CEMETERY, Israel and Palestine (including Gaza). Section L. Grave 26. Listed on Paul Church War Memorial and in Penzance Book of Remembrance. The 1/4th Battalion DCLI was originally raised on 2nd September 1914 as the 4th (Foreign Service) Battalion from those officers and men of the 4th and 5th Territorial Battalions who had previously volunteered for overseas service. It was quickly re-designated the 1/4th as another foreign service battalion, the 2/4th was raised. The 1/4th sailed for India on 4th October 1914 where it underwent a period of hard training to bring it up to the standard required of fighting troops. On 22nd January 1916 the Battalion sailed for Aden, where it was involved in operations against the Turkish army which was attempting to attack the valuable strategic coaling station of Aden. In February 1917 the Battalion sailed for Suez where it joined General Allenby’s Egyptian Expeditionary Force which was engaged in driving the Turkish army out of Palestine. Initially employed on guarding Allenby’s lines of communication, it subsequently saw considerable action at El Mughar (13th November 1917), Nebi Samwil (19th - 22nd November 1917), Jerusalem (25th December 1917), Tel Asur (8th - 12th March 1918) and Sharon (19th - 25th September 1918).

SLEEMAN

Sydney
Private 16628, 2nd Battalion, Coldstream Guards, 1st Guards Brigade, Guards Division. Killed in action on Saturday 16th September 1916 near Ginchy on the Somme age 39. Enlisted at Congleton. Son of William and Elizabeth Sleeman of Lower Sheffield, Paul, Penzance. Buried in LONDON CEMETERY AND EXTENSION, LONGUEVAL, Somme, France Plot 5. Row H. Grave 11. Listed on Paul Church War Memorial and in Penzance Book of Remembrance. On the previous day High Wood was fiercely fought over during the Battle of the Somme until cleared by the 47th (London) Division.

SIMONS

Phillip Wright aka Phil
[Listed on memorial as SYMONS] Private. 301242. 1/8th Battalion (Territorial Force), Durham Light Infantry, 151st Brigade, 50th (Northumbrian) Division. Killed in action on Tuesday 9th April 1918 age 34 in fighting during the Battle of the Lawe and Lys in the area of Estaires and Melville. Enlisted at Bodmin. Son of Philip Wright and Lois Simons, Vivian Terrace, Mousehole; husband of Rosina Simons, Trungle Terrace, Paul and later of Reginnis Hill, Mousehole. Prior to enlisting was a gardener for Mr Stanhope Forbes, the Artist. No known grave. Commemorated on on the PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL, COMINES-WARNETON, Hainaut, Belgium. Panel 8 and 9. Also listed in Penzance Book of Remembrance, on Mousehole Methodist Church War Memorial and on separate family plaque alongside. On 4th April 1/8 DLI were in billets in Bethune and were reinforced with a draft of 162 newly trained soldiers who were mostly only nineteen years old but eager to do their bit. In less than a week many had fought their first and last fight. Three days later, after training and with a strength of 648 all ranks, they moved by train to Neuf Berquin and at 0100 hours on 9th April were under orders to relieve a Portuguese unit in the line. However, four hours later the Germans launched a massive attack which forced the Portuguese to retreat and 151st Infantry Brigade position virtually became the front line. Over the period 9th to 13th April 1/8 DLI were involved in continuous fighting with constant bombardment and a series of attacks and counter-attacks which resulting in heavy casualties but they held the line along the River Lawe.

THOMAS

John
Trimmer 4857TS, Royal Naval Reserve. HM Trawler Loch Naver (A45). Lost his life at sea on Monday 13th May 1918 age 38. Son of Abraham Tredrea Thomas and Susan Thomas of 1 South Place Folly, Penzance. Listed on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon, Panel 29, on St Mary’s Church War Memorial and on parents’ headstone in Penzance Cemetery (Plot 9, Row 3, Grave 8). HM Trawler Loch Naver was launched in 1906 and requisitioned in February 1915. She was mined in the Aegean off Mindisi Point on 13th May 1918 with the loss of all her thirteen crew. The mine that sank the Loch Naver was laid by the German mine laying submarine UC74.

TREGENZA

Leonard John aka Jack
Mercantile Marine, SS Trevose II (St Ives). Died of a disease and buried at sea on Saturday 7th September 1918 age 18. Son of Edward Trewavas and Harriet Tregenza of Parc Lynes, Mousehole, Penzance. On leaving Sierra Leone, West Africa for Genoa several of the crew developed a fever from which Jack Tregenza and the Chief Steward succumbed eight days later. Listed on family tablet in Mousehole Methodist Church, Paul Church War Memorial, Humphrey Davy School War Memorial and in Penzance Book of Remembrance. SS Trevose II was built at South Shields in 1917 for Hains Steamship Company of St Ives. She was destroyed by fire off Brazil in 1950.

TREVASKIS

John Grose
Private 223026, Cameron Highlanders. Died 1 February 1920. Aged 24. Born Paul, Cornwall. Enlisted 4 May 1914. Discharge 6 June 1919 under Army Order 29 of 1919 Para 392 (xvi) King's Regulation, aged 24. Issued a Silver Badge for wounds no. B289349. Served in the 11th and 3rd Battalion, Cameron Highlanders. Suffered from Pleuresy. Buried in PENZANCE (PAUL) CEMETERY, Cornwall. Grave Reference 426. 23.3.

WALLIS

Mark [Hollow]
Able Seaman 3254C, Royal Naval Reserve. HMS Goliath. Killed in action Thursday 13th May 1915 age 31. Son of William Henry and Mary Jane Wallis of Mousehole and later of Treveneth, Tolver Road, Penzance; husband of Honor (Emmie) Cotton Wallis of North Street, Mousehole, Penzance. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon, Panel 8, on HMS Goliath plaque in Paul Church, Paul Church War Memorial and in Penzance Book of Remembrance. HMS Goliath, a Canopus class battleship, was sunk on 13th May 1915 by a Turkish torpedo boat off Cape Helles, Gallipoli with the loss of over 500 crew.

WALLIS

Richard [Worth]
Seaman 2523B, Royal Naval Reserve. HMS Goliath. Killed in action on Thursday 13th May 1915 age 28. Son of William Henry and Mary Jane Wallis of Mousehole; husband of Janie Pengelly Wallis, The Wharf, Mousehole, Penzance. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon, Panel 8, and on HMS Goliath plaque in Paul Church, Paul Church War Memorial and in Penzance Book of Remembrance. HMS Goliath, a Canopus class battleship, was sunk on 13th May 1915 by a Turkish torpedo boat off Cape Helles, Gallipoli with the loss of over 500 crew.

WATERS

Fred aka Freddie
Private 34850, 6th Battalion, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. Killed in action 11 December 1917. Aged 20. Born Paul, enlisted Penzance, resident Mousehole. Son of George and Elizabeth Waters, of Chapel Place, Mousehole, Penzance. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 80 to 82 and 163A.

WILLIAMS

Roden [Noel]
Private. 45239. 2nd Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment (Princess Charlotte of Wales’s), 25th Brigade, 8th Division. Formerly 38598 Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry. Killed in action on Thursday 29th August 1918 age 25. Enlisted in Penzance. Son of Thomas and Jane Williams of 3 Lamorna Cove, Kemyell; husband of Mrs E. G. Thomas (formerly Williams) of 11 Melbourne Terrace, Heamoor, Penzance. Buried in ROCLINCOURT MILITARY CEMETERY, ARRAS, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IV. Row E. Grave 17. Listed on Newlyn, Paul Church, Heamoor (St Thomas’ Church) and Madron War Memorials and in Penzance Book of Remembrance. On 29th August 1918 the 2nd Battalion Royal Berks were in trenches near Tilloy. On the previous day they were informed that the Germans were retreating and they were ordered to pursue them. They began their advance at 1430 hours on 29th and took over Canada Trench plus a few outposts further on. They met some resistance as 1 officer and 7 soldiers were killed and 3 officers and 26 soldiers wounded with 8 reported missing.

WILLIAMS

William King
Private 28583, 7th (Service) Battalion, Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry, 61st Brigade, 20th (Light) Division. Born in St Hilary and enlisted in Penzance. Killed in action on Sunday 24th March 1918 age 29. Son of Richard and Annie Williams of 7 Trungle Moor, Paul; husband of Beatrice Mary Williams of 1 Carn Gwavas Terrace, Newlyn, Penzance. No known grave. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, near Albert, Somme, France, Panel 45, on Newlyn War Memorial and in Centenary Primitive Methodist Church, Gwavas Road, Newlyn, on Paul Church War Memorial and in Penzance Book of Remembrance. Prior to joining worked for Messrs Simpson Bros of Penzance. A noted cricketer and athlete. In early March 7 DCLI were in the area of Flavy-le-Meldeux training in open warfare until the 20th. The German Spring Offensive began on 21st March when 64 divisions were launched across the Somme. 7 DCLI spent that night dug in along the St Quentin Canal and early the following morning withdrew to Ollezy in Brigade reserve. On the night 23rd /24th March they had held the railway embankment south of Ollezy but at dawn on 24th the enemy’s attacks recommenced and were pressed with great vigour. Around noon the unit on their right fell back and 7 DCLI were forced to fight a fierce rearguard action in which their losses were severe. They fell back to a sunken road north-east of Villeselve. Once again the enemy attacked but 7 DCLI held firm and took a heavy toll of the grey masses flung against them. However, late in the day they were forced to withdraw again in order to conform to the changes in the front line. By the following day only 43 all ranks were effective.

WORTH

Phillip
Seaman 2246C, Royal Naval Reserve. HMS Jason. Killed on active service on Saturday 7th April 1917 age 35. Fisherman by trade. Son of John Hicks Worth and Olivia Worth of Fore Street, Mousehole; husband of Mrs Fanny Elizabeth Quick Worth (nee Ninnis) of 30 Gwavas Street, Penzance. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon, Panel 24, and on Paul Church War Memorial. Also listed on Penzance War Memorial and in Penzance Book of Remembrance (but miss-spelt WORSH, P.C.). HMS Jason, an Alarm class torpedo gunboat, was mined near Coll Island off the west coast of Scotland on 7th April 1917. There were no survivors.

WRIGHT

Coleman [Carolan]
Able Seaman (Leading Boatman, Coast Guard) 233208, H.M.S. "Monmouth", Royal Navy. Lost in action when his ship was sunk of the Chilean Coast 1 November 1914. Aged 45. Born 13 Augost 1869 in Mousehole, Cornwall. Son of John and Mary Wright, of Mousehole, Penzance; husband of Lily Wright, of 9. Alma Place, Penzance. Height 5 feet 6inches, dark brown hair, blue eyes, fresh complexion. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 2.

WROATH

William
Able Seaman, S.S. "Coath" (Penzance), Mercantile Marine. Died 13 December 1916. Aged 33. Son of Annie and the late William Wroath; husband of Mary Wroath (nee Polglans) of Vanguard House, Mousehole, near Penzance, Cornwall. Born at Mousehole, Cornwall. No known grave. Commemorated on TOWER HILL MEMORIAL, London.

This Tablet Is Erected To Brave Men

1939-1945

BALLS

Arthur James
Corporal 537877, Royal Air Force. Died in Brunei with the Labuan Party as a Japanese Prisoner of War 19 April 1945 in Sandakan Atrocities. Aged 27. Son of Arthur James and Sarah Balls. No known grave. Commemorated on the SINGAPORE MEMORIAL, Kranji War Cmetery, Singapore. Column 452.

CORNISH

Edwin Trehane
Supply Assistant D/MX 59647, H.M.S. "Courageous", Royal Navy. Died 17 September 1939. Aged 19. Son of James T. and Lorena M. Comish, of Mousehole, Cornwall. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 35, Column 1.

COTTON

Thomas [Matthews]
Seaman D/X 7395C, H.M.S. "Rawalpind"i, Royal Naval Reserve. Died 23 November 1939. Aged 40. Son of Thomas Henry Cotton and Janie Cotton, of Mousehole, Cornwall; husband of Maud Blanche Mary Cotton, of Mousehole. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 35, Column 3.

CURNOW

John Pentreath [Peter]
Sergeant 1392420, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 2 May 1944. Aged 22. Son of John and Eliza Jane Curnow, of Penzance, Cornwall, England. Buried in DIEGO SUAREZ WAR CEMETERY, Madagascar. Plot 2. Row G. Grave 2.

DOWNING

Godfrey aka Goff
Seaman, Merchant Navy. Died on Wednesday 27th October 1943 age 21, whilst on leave after a strenuous voyage, at Truro Isolation Hospital, Cornwall having served for over four years. Son of William Downing and Margaret Downing (neé Williams) of Gurnick Street, Mousehole, Penzance. Buried in PAUL CEMETERY, Sheffield Road, Paul. Listed on Paul Church Roll of Honour, Mousehole RBL and in Penzance Book of Remembrance.

DREW

Ronald
Private 1440570, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry attached to 4th Battalion, Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry. Died 22 September 1944. Aged 32. Son of Mr. and Mrs. William H. Drew, of Paul; stepson of Lucy Drew, of Paul. Buried in PENZANCE (PAUL) CEMETERY, Cornwall. Consecrated old portion Grave 1159.

GROSE

John [James]
Warrant Shipwright, H.M.S. "Bonaventure", Royal Navy. Died 31 March 1941. Aged 41. Son of John and Florence Grose; husband of Ada Trevavas Grose, of Mousehole, Cornwall. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 45, Column 1.

JEFFREY

Harold
Sapper 2117272, 570 Corps Field Park Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in action Friday 12th December 1941 age 29. Son of William Francis and Catherine Jeffrey of South Cliff, Mousehole, Penzance. Buried in TOBRUK CEMETERY, Libya, North Africa. Plot 7. Row O. Grave 2). Listed on Paul Church Roll of Honour, in Penzance Book of Remembrance and on headstone in Paul Cemetery, Sheffield Road, Paul. The turning point in North Africa was the Battle of El Alamein which commenced on 23rd October 1942 and by 2nd November the Eighth Army, under command of General Montgomery, had broken out and begun to push the Afrika Korps, under Field Marshal Rommel, back towards Tripoli. The war in North Africa ended on 12th May 1943.

JOHNS

Sydney [Arthur]
Petty Officer Supply D/MX 52753, H.M.S. "Tynedale", Royal Navy. Died 12 December 1943. Aged 25. Son of Richard Tonkin Johns and Elizabeth Johns, of Mousehole, Cornwall. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 83, Column 1.

KITCHEN

Edward
Private 5436168, 1st Battalion, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. Died 14 July 1942. Aged 30. Son of Peter and Florence Kitchen, of Newlyn West, Penzance, Cornwall. Buried in CASERTA WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot III. Row C. Grave 2.

NICHOLAS

[William] Donald
Ordinary Seaman. D/JX 650939. Royal Navy. HMS Albatross (I22). Killed at sea in action on Friday 11th August 1944 age 18 and buried at sea. Son of Charles Henry and Bessie Louisa Nicholas of 16 Chywoone Crescent, Gwavas Estate, Newlyn, Penzance. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon, Panel 88, Column 1, Paul Church Roll of Honour, Newlyn War Memorial, in Penzance Book of Remembrance, on parent’s headstone in Penzance Cemetery (Plot 9) and on grandparents’ headstone (Mr and Mrs W. Cloke) in Paul Cemetery, Sheffield Road, Paul. HMS Albatross was a repair ship (formally RNAS seaplane carrier) and was torpedoed off Normandy, France on 11th August 1944 having been deemed beyond repair.

PENPRASE

John [Henry] aka Jack
Cook (S) D/MX 50514, H.M.S. "Courageous", Royal Navy. Died 17 September 1939. Aged 25. Son of John Henry and Henrietta Penprase, of Mousehole, Cornwall. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 35, Column 1.

PENTREATH

Kenneth [James]
Seaman LT/JX 242277, H.M. Trawler "Tranquil", Royal Naval Patrol Service. Died 16 June 1942. Aged 21. Son of James and Henrietta Pentreath, of Mousehole. Buried in PENZANCE (PAUL) CEMETERY, Cornwall. Enlarged Unconsecrated Grave 334.

POLGREAN

William Henry
Flight Lieutenant 137230, 578 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 7 March 1945. Aged 24. Son of William Henry and Irene Polgrean, of Mousehole, Cornwall. Buried in HAMBURG CEMETERY, Hamburg, Germany. Plot 5A. Row L. Grave 5.

RICHARDS

Charles [Everett]
Lieutenant (S), H.M.S. "Royal Katherine", Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Died 30 August 1945. Aged 33. Son of Charles Everett Richards and Clarissa Richards, of Mousehole, Cornwall. Buried in HAMBURG CEMETERY, Hamburg, Germany. Plot 1A. Row G. Grave 5.

SLEEMAN

James [Pascoe]
Stoker LT/KX 101894, H.M. Trawler "Sea King", Royal Naval Patrol Service, Died 23 February 1943. Aged 34. Son of George and Sarah A. Sleeman, of Mousehole, Cornwall; husband of Victoria Gwendolene Sleeman, of Mousehole. No known grave. Commemorated on LOWESTOFT NAVAL MEMORIAL, Suffolk. Panel 4, Column 1.

TRAHAIR

Gordon
No further information currently available

TRENOWETH

[William] Romilly
Seaman. Trinity House. Trinity ship Vestal. Lost his life at sea on Thursday 11th January 1940 aged 19. Son of Henry (Harry) Trenoweth and Catherine Jane Trenoweth (nee Boyns) of 11 Treveneth Crescent, Gwavas Estate, Newlyn, Penzance. The ship was delivering provisions etc. to the Eddystone Lighthouse which is situated on the Eddystone Rocks, 9 miles South West of Rame Head, Cornwall. A launch with eight crew was lowered but swamped by heavy seas when the engine failed. There was only one survivor. Listed on Paul Church Roll of Honour, Mousehole Methodist Church War Memorial, Newlyn War Memorial, in Penzance Book of Remembrance and on his mother’s headstone in Paul Cemetery, Sheffield Road. Romilly was a temporary employee of Trinity House have only joined in the previous week.

TREVASKIS

Watson
Sapper 2155745, Royal Engineers. Died 21 March 1942. Aged 19. Son of Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Trevaskis, of Mousehole. Buried in PENZANCE (PAUL) CEMETERY, Cornwall. Enlarged Unconsecrated Grave 203.

WATERS

George [Lawrence]
Sergeant 1315374, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. 57 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Shot down over target area which was Stettin, Poland on Thursday 6th January 1944 aged 28. Lancaster III (JB541 DX-A). Buried IN POZNAN OLD GARRISON CEMETERY, Poland Plot 6. Row C. Collective Grave 3-12. Son of Arthur and Elizabeth (Bessie) Beckerleg Waters of Treveneth Farm, Newlyn, Penzance; brother of Doris Semmens of Paul, Penzance. Listed on parents’ headstone in Paul Cemetery, Sheffield Road, Paul. Also listed on Paul Church Roll of Honour, Newlyn War Memorial, Mousehole Methodist Church War Memorial and in Penzance Book of Remembrance. At the time of his death the squadron was operating Lancaster Mark I and III bombers out of RAF East Kirkby, Lincolnshire.

WATERS

[Richard] Henry aka Harry
Gunner 1428141, 5/3rd Maritime Regiment, Royal Artillery. Killed in action at sea on convoy duty on Saturday 9th August 1941 age 22 whilst serving on the SS Cordene. Youngest son of Mr and Mrs J.C. Waters of 7 Falmouth Place, Carnyorth, St Just but formerly of Paul, Penzance. No known grave. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent, Panel 51, Column 1, on Paul Church Roll of Honour, Pendeen War Memorial and in Penzance Book of Remembrance. The SS Cordene, a 2,345 GRT cargo coaster, was attacked and sunk by enemy aircraft in the North Sea off Mundesley, Norfolk whilst heading southward towards the Thames Estuary. Harry was trained as a gunner and then loaned to the Merchant navy while they trained their own men for the job. When the ship was attacked the bomb exploded aboard and Harry was blown overboard and not seen again.

WATERS

Laurence
[Spelt Lawrence on memorial] Driver T/163494, 532nd Infantry Brigade Company, Royal Army Service Corps. Died of wounds on Thursday 23rd November 1944 age 31 in Holland. Farmer before joining the Army in 1939. Second son of Albert George and Clara Bertha Waters (nee Blewett) of Middle Kemyel, Paul, Penzance, Cornwall; husband of Mary Evelyn Waters of Tandragee, County Armagh, Northern Ireland. Buried in LEOPOLDSBURG WAR CEMETERY, Limburg, Belgium Plot III. Row C. Grave 15. Listed on Paul Roll of Honour, in Penzance Book of Remembrance and on headstone in Paul Church Hall Churchyard. The font cover in Paul Church is inscribed as follows:- To the glory of God and in loving memory of Laurance Waters who gave his life in the 1939 - 1945 war. Died 23rd November 1944 aged 31 years. This cover is given by his parents.

WATERS

[Albert] Leslie
Private S/258900, Royal Army Service Corps attached to Gordon Highlanders. Died on Friday 24th December 1943 age 32 following a traffic accident on the Bodmin/Liskeard road. Son of Albert Grose Waters and Laura Waters; husband of Dorothy Emmeline Waters of 31 Polweath Road, Treneere, Penzance. Listed on Paul Church Roll of Honour and in Penzance Book of Remembrance. Buried, with his wife, in PENZANCE CEMETERY with a service headstone.

WEARNE

William Arthur
Able Seaman D/JX 283080, Royal Navy. Died 23 July 1942. Aged 38. Buried in PENZANCE (PAUL) CEMETERY, Cornwall. Enlarged Consecrated Grave 320.

WROATH

Richard
Lance Corporal 14210108, 203 Provost Company, Corps of Military Police. Died 6 April 1944. Aged 22. Son of Richard Pentreath Wroath and Ethel Wroath, of Mousehole, Cornwall. Buried in MOASCAR WAR CEMETERY, Egypt. Plot 4. Row E. Grave 10.

THE YEMEN, SOUTH ARABIA

JEFFERY

Reginald
[Spelt JEFFREY on memorial] Lance Corporal RM 20777, 45 Commando. Royal Marines. Killed in ambush by Yemini Tribesmen after accidentally walking into enemy territory, 23 June 1963. Aged 19. Born 11 July 1943. Buried in Maalla Cemetery, Aden. Grave 134.
AFGHANISTAN 2010

HICKS

Darren Richard Anthony
Lance Corporal 25107245, 3 Platoon, No 1 Company, 1st Battalion, Coldstream Guards. Killed by an explosion in the Babaji district of Helmand province, Afghanistan on 11th February 2010 age 29. Born 16th May 1980. Enlisted on 14th October 1999. Son of David Hicks and Janet Hicks (nee Trewern) of Gwavas, Newlyn, Penzance; husband of Katie Hicks (nee Richards) of Mousehole, Penzance, Cornwall. Full military funeral at the Paul Church on 5th March 2010 was followed by cremation at Penmount, Truro, Cornwall. Buried in PAUL CEMETERY, Sheffield Road, Paul, Penzance and listed on Paul Church Roll of Honour and Newlyn War Memorial.

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