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POLPERRO WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Doug Lewis 2005

Photograph Copyright © Doug Lewis 2005

TO THE MEMORY OF
THOSE OF THIS PARISH
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
IN THE GREAT WAR
1914-1918

BETTS

Henry Lee

Lieutenant 26th Bn. Royal Fusiliers Killed in Action 20/9/17 Age 32. Son of the Rev. John Arthur and Annie S. Betts; husband of Elsie Margaret Betts, of 87, Fellows Rd., Hampstead, London. Born in London.

BETTS, MC

John Hamilton

Captain 12th Bn Manchester Regiment. Killed in Action 7/7/16 Age 28. Son of Annie S. Betts, of Hillside, Polperro, Cornwall, and the late Rev. J. A. Betts. Military Cross

BLATCHFORD

W B

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BRADDON

Fred

28489 Private 8th Bn Devonshire Regiment. Born Polperro,enlisted at Plymouth. Killed in Action 9/5/17No further information currently

BARRETT

G

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CURTIS

Arthur

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CURTIS

Albert

M2/203130 Private Army Service Corp attached to ‘G’ Siege Park ,V11 Corps. Died of Wounds 10/6/17 age 33. Husband of Nellie P. Curtis, of Barn St., Liskeard, Cornwall.

CURTIS

E

7134/A Seaman H.M.S ‘Vivid’ Royal Naval Reserve. Died 29/9/18. Buried in Polperro Cemetery. Husband of S. G. Wills (formerly Curtis), of Sladesbridge, Wadebridge.

CURTIS

R

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COCKING

J

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CAPLE

Walter William

314905 Serjeant Royal Air Force. Died 22/12/18 age 28, uried in Polperro cemetery. Son of James Capel, of Bristol; husband of Roma Collings (formerly Capel), of Green Bank, Polperro

COLLINGS

G

224212 Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 27/12/18 age 30 buried in Polperro cemetery. Son of the late George and Bertha Collings, of Crumplehorn, Polperro. His brother John Thomas also died.

COLLINGS

Percy

180045 Able Seaman H.M.S. ‘Tiger’ Royal Navy. Killed in Action 31/5/16 age 38 during the battle of Jutland. H.M.S ‘Tiger’ was hit by 15, 11 inch shells killing 24 of the crew and wounding another 46. Husband of Emma Jane Collings, of Lansallos, Polperro, Cornwall.

COLLINGS

John Thomas

16767 Private 1st Bn Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry. Born and enlisted Lansallas Cornwall. Died of wounds at home 16/8/16 buried in Polperro cemetery. Son of the late George and Bertha Collings, of Crumplehorn, Polperro. His brother G Collings also fell.

GEDGE

R B

[C.W.G.C records his name as GEDYE] 178765 H.M.S. ‘Vivid.’ Royal Navy. Died 27/4/17 buried in Talland Churchyard Cornwall

GILES

James Edward

41176 Private 1/28th Bn London Regiment. Died 14/4/18 age 18. Son of Francis Treseder Giles and Kate Rendle Giles, of Polperro, Cornwall.

HAMBLY

J

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HOCKING

W

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JAY

John Edward

6/4071 Lance Corporal 2Bn Canterbury Regiment New Zealand E.F. Died 12/10/17 age 32. Son of John Edward and Eliza Jay, of Wayland. Looe, Cornwall; husband of Mabel Annie Jay, of Clifden Terrace, Liskeard, Cornwall, England

JONES

N W

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LIBBY

Richard

200496 Private 1st/4th Bn Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry. Killed in Action 22/11/17 (Palestine) age 27

LIBBY

William Henry

29999 Private 8tn Bn Somerset Light Infantry. Killed in Action 31/7/17 age 20. Son of Ernest and Bertha Libby, of Little Green. Polperro, Cornwall.

LEWIS

W H

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O’LEARY

M

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OLIVER

Archelaus

6907TS Trimmer H.M. Trawler ‘Morococala’, Royal Naval Reserve. Died 19/11/17 age 24. Son of William Henry and Mary Jane Oliver, of Bridge End House, Polperro, Cornwall.

OLIVER

Moses

Lieutenant 44th Bn Canadian Infantry (New Brunswick Regiment). Died 11/5/17 age 34. Son of the late Thomas and Sarah Oliver; husband of Mary Oliver, of Hazel Grove, Polperro, Cornwall, England.

OLIVER

R

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PEAKE

A

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PEARN

Archibald Stanley

242052 Private 7th Bn Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died 15/5/18.

PUCKEY

Frank

31778 Lance Corporal 1st Bn Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry. Killed in Action 6/11/17.

SAUNDERS

H C

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SAUNDERS

H

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SEARLE

Thomas Gordon

16253DA Deck Hand H.M.P.M.S. ‘Glencross.’ Royal Naval Reserve. Died 23/2/18 age 19. Son of Richard and Cordillia Searle, of Lansallos St., Polperro, Cornwall.

TOMS

Frederick

2535 Private 2nd/4th Bn Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry. Died 20/1/16 (Mesopotamia) age 20. Son of Jonathan and Celia Toms, of Lansallos St., Polperro, Cornwall.

TAYLOR

Hugo Mascie

Major 6th Bn. (formerly 1st Bn). Royal Irish Fusiliers. Killed in Action 9/8/15 age 45. Son of Mrs. Mascie Taylor, of Polperro, Cornwall; husband of Josephine De Courcy Robinson (formerly Taylor, nee McCalmont), of 1, Willowbrook, Eton College, Bucks. Served in the South African Campaign.

VAGUE

Bertram Preston

M/4029 Cooks Mate H.M.S. ‘Orion.’ Royal Navy. Died 23/8/16 age 20 buried in Talland Churchyard Cornwall. Son of John and Mary Vague, of Watergate, Polperro.

VOWDEN

Fred

WR/208094 Sapper R.C.T.D. Royal Engineers. Died 13/11/18 age 28. Buried in Egloshale cemetery Cornwall. Son of Thomas D. and Emma I. Vowden, of Slades Bridge, Wadebridge; husband of Doris Vowden, of Polperro. Born at Egloshayle.

JOLLIFF

J

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1939-1945

A’LEE

Thomas John

107028 Driver 1 Advanced M.T. Maint. Depot Royal Army Service Corps. Born in Cornwall, Died 11/01/1942 (Middle East) age 29. Son of Philip and Lilian A'Lee; husband of M. A'Lee, of Gravesend, Kent.

CLOKE

Rundle

D/JX 152020 Petty Officer H.M.S. Illustrious Royal Navy. Died 29/1/1945 age 25, Son of James Henry Rundle Cloke and Eve Cloke, of Polperro, Cornwall.

CRAGIE

J

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DENSHAM

Stanley Jack

1073089 Gunner 75 (Shropshire Yeomanry) Medium Regt. Royal Artillery. Died 23/10/1944 (Italy) age 36. Son of John and Alice Densham; husband of Margaret Jean Densham

LIGHTFOOT

A J

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LANGMAID

Joseph

D/K 11172 Stoker 1st Class H.M.S. Courageous Royal Navy. Died 17/09/1939 age 47. Son of Joseph and Elizabeth Langmaid, of Polperro, Cornwall. U-boat U29 torpedoed and sank HMS Courageous, southwest of Ireland The carrier went down in only twenty minutes and 518 of her 1,200 compliment went with her.

LIBBY

John

5438397 Private 5th Bn Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. Died 19/11/1944 age 24 Son of John Edward and Amy Libby, of Polperro, Cornwall.

LIBBY

Samuel

LT/JX 225658 Second Hand H.M. Yacht Torrent Royal Naval Patrol Service. Died 06/04/1941, when the ship hit a mine

OLIVER

Leslie

861311 Private 2nd Bn Border Regiment. Born and resident in Cornwall. Died 03/04/1945 (Burma). Son of Joseph and Florence M. Oliver; husband of Joyce Lillian Oliver, of Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire.

O’MEARA

A

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SKENTELBERY

John Leslie

D/MX 53339 H.M.S. Neptune Royal Navy. Died 19/12/1941. The Cruiser HMS Neptune ran into an uncharted minefield in the Mediterranean off Tripoli, and sank with the loss of 764 officers and men. Just one man was rescued by an Italian torpedo boat, after 5 days in the water.

SKENTELBERY

Lawrence

5438369 Private 1st Bn Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment. Died 16/05/1944 (Italy). Son of Albert and Minnie Skentelbery; husband of Edith Evelyn Skentelbery, of West Looe, Cornwall.

TAMBLIN

Reginald Augustus

515204 Corporal (Air Gnr.) 4 Sqdn Royal Air Force. Died 21/05/1940 (Belgium)

WELLINGTON

Thomas Courtney

5438104 Private Army Catering Corps. Died 21/10/44 age 27, buried in Polperro cemetery. Son of Thomas Uren Wellington, and of Margaretta Bath Wellington, of Polperro.

LIGHTFOOT

Frances

W/127819 Private Auxiliary Territorial Service. Died 14/6/44 age 19, buried in Polperro cemetery. Daughter of Albert and Janie Lightfoot, of Killigarth.

SMITH

W J

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FALKLANDS - 1982

NUNN, DFC

Richard jAMES

Lieutenant, Pilot, 3 Commando Brigade, Air Squadron, Royal Marines. He was flying his scout helicopter in support of 2 Para’s Action at Goose Green, enemy aircraft were known to be in the area, and despite the risk he and his crewman flew for most of the day. When a call came in to evacuate casualties from the battle area he did not hesitate to go in. Sadly he was jumped by a powerful Argentine Pucara ground attack aircraft and shot down and killed, near Goose Green 28th May 1982, his wounded crewman survived. For his Bravery he was awarded a posthumous Distinguished Flying Cross (D.F.C.).


MONDAY, 11th OCTOBER 1982
MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
HONOURS AND AWARDS
NAVY DEPARTMENT

The QUEEN has been graciously pleased to approve the Posthumous award of the Distinguished Flying Cross to the undermentioned in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during the operations in the South Atlantic:

Distinguished Flying Cross

Lieutenant Richard James NUNN, Royal Marines

On Friday 28th May 1982 the 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment was engaged in fierce fighting to take enemy positions in the area of Port Darwin. From dawn, Lieutenant Nunn, a Scout helicopter pilot, had supported the Battalion flying vital ammunition forward to the front line and had evacuated casualties heedless of enemy ground fire.

After flying continuously for three and a half hours, it was learnt that the Commanding Officer and others in Battalion Tactical Headquarters forward had been severely wounded. Lieutenant Nunn was tasked to evacuate these casualties collecting the Battalion Second in Command en route. However, five minutes after take off, suddenly and without prior warning, two Pucara aircraft appeared from the South and attacked the Scout with rockets and cannon fire. By great skill Lieutenant Nunn evaded the first attack but on the second his aircraft was hit and destroyed. Lieutenant Nunn was killed instantly and his aircrewman Sergeant Belcher was grieviously wounded.

Lieutenant Nunn displayed exceptional courage, flying skill and complete devotion to duty in the face of the enemy. His achievements that day, supporting the Battalion, were exceptional and were instrumental in the eventual victory.


From the Teaberry Express, Falkland Isles.

Lt. Richard Nunn Remembered


October 27, 2005
by J. Brock (FINN)

LT. RICHARD NUNN REMEMBERED

By J. Brock (FINN)

A memorial to the late Lt. Richard Nunn RM, who was shot down in his helicopter by two Pucara Aircraft during the 1982 Conflict near Goose Green was unveiled in a moving ceremony on the afternoon of Wednesday, 26 October 2005.

Fr. Peter Norris from St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Stanley and the Padre from Mount Pleasant, Rev. Wakeham-Dawson officiated at the brief ceremony, which was attended by approximately 30 Military and civilians.

The memorial consists of a cairn with two brass plaques. One plaque gives details of the action in which Lt. Nunn was killed and the other commemorates the man.

GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS
THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS

13 November 2005

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