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PORTHELVEN WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 & Aden - detailed information
Compiled and copyright © George Pritchard 2005

The Porthleven War Memorial sits high on the cliff overlooking the harbour and sea. It takes the form of a Celtic Cross on a stone plinth with two steps leading up to it.

Photographs Copyright © George Pritchard 2005

To The glory Of God And in Honour
And Grateful Remembrance Of The
Men Of Porthleven Who Gave Their
Lives For Their Country
In The Great Wars
1914 - 1918 & 1939 - 1945

"Make them to be numbered with thy saints
In glory everlasting."

1914-1918

ALLEN

Oliver

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ALLEN

William

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BAWDEN

Stanley

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BOON

Edward

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BOWDEN

George

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BOWDEN

Harry

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CARDELL

Edward J

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GILBERT

Ernest

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GREGORY

Glasson

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HOSKING

William H

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JEWELL

Edward

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KITCHEN

John Eddy

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MATHEWS

Cecil

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MATHEWS

Roland

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MINERS

Cerance

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PASCOE

John

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PASCOE

John William

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PRIDEAUX

James Henry

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RICHARDS

Hannibal

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SEARLE

James W T

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STRIKE

Carter

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THOMAS

George

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TRACE

Robert George

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TYACK

Harry

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WILLIAMS

Maurice

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WILLIAMS

John Miners

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1939-1945

ALLEN

Reginald

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ARTHUR

William Charles

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ENGLISH

John

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EUSTICE

Frederick

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GIBSON

Guy

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GOMER

Ronald Charles

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GRIFFITH

Hugh Stanley

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HARRISON

Cecil

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HOWARD

John

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ORCHARD

William

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PILE

Benjamin

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PERKINS

Bertram Edward

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RICHARDS

Edward James

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READE

Edward Maurice

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RICHARDS

Arthur

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ROWE

William Treeza

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TRETHEWEY

Alfred

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TRURAN

Delmore

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TRUDGEON

Reginald

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THOMAS

Gordon

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WILLIAMS

William Thomas

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WILLIAMS

Mark

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Aden-1967

MOORES

John Frederick

Private. "D" Company, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders. Killed during an ambush in the Crater during the Aden Police Mutiny 19th June 1967.

Note: The Aden Mutiny began on the night of the 19th of June 1967. Men of The Royal Northumberland Fusiliers were enjoying the film "The Battle of the Bulge" at the cinema when shots were heard. the Fusiliers immediately returned to their barracks at Waterloo Lines and deployed to guard the married quarters. Next morning Arab soldiers based at Lake Lines mutinied and burnt down their barracks. This mutiny had started because three Arab colonels had been suspended and also because of tribal rivalries with in the SAA.

A three-ton truck containing men of 60 Sqn, was returning to Normandy Lines. These troops had just completed weapons training on the local ranges. As the lorry passed the SAA camp they came under heavy machine gun fire from the SAA troops. Eight of the Royal Corps of Transport were killed in this unprovoked attack. The SAA now directed their fire into Radfan Camp killing a British officer, 2nd Lieutenant Young of the 1st Battalion Lancashire Regiment. Also two policemen and a public works employee were killed.

C Company the 1st Battalion King's Own Royal Border Regiment under the command of Major David Miller was ordered to put down the mutiny using minimum force. C Company set off for Champion Lines accompanied by a troop of the Queens Dragoon Guards in support. As the first British truck entered Champion Lines it came under machine gun fire. One British soldier was killed and 8 wounded. The British NCOs ordered their troops to keep their cool. Even though they could see the bodies of British soldiers lying on the ground, they remained calm. Major Miller sent 10 Platoon to release the officers still hiding in the guardroom.

Davis's had been unable to inform Major Moncur that he was under fire, because his radio operator had left the Pig with him and most likely killed shortly after the firing started. Moncur was concerned about Davis's patrol, as he had not heard from them since they entered Crater. On hearing the shots and fearing that Davis was in trouble, Moncur and his escort, Sgt. Maj. Pete Hore, Fusilier Hoult and Fusilier John Story and two others, jumped into the Majors Land Rover and headed in to Crater up the Queen Arwa road. Major Bryan Malcolm, OC "D" Company of the Argylls, along with Pte. Moores and Hunter followed close behind in another Land Rover. The two Land Rovers drove up the Queen Arwa road not realizing they were driving into a treacherous ambush.

As the two Land Rovers drove past the Arab Police Barracks, the trap was sprung. Without warning the police opened fire with a well planed murderous cross fire. The Land Rovers pulled up and those men who had not already been hit leapt out to fire back. But there was no cover for them and the massacre was soon over. Only one British soldier managed to survive. Fusilier John Storey managed to race across the road to the cover of the flats opposite the Police Barracks without being hit. As he looked back he saw that all the others had been killed apart from one soldier, who was still firing at the Police. Fusilier Storey watched with horror, as the last soldier was machine-gunned down. Later, Storey was unable to identify this man.

By the end of the day 22 British soldiers lay dead and Crater was in the hands of an estimated 500-armed Arab terrorists and the Arab Police.

12 December 2005

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