World War 1 &
Compiled and copyright © Terry Moyle 2016
Coverack memorial stands on the sea front road on a cliff top site in
front of St Peter's Church, Coverack. It takes the form of a Celtic
cross surmounting a rough hewn stone base and stands on a paved area
in the churchyard. The dedication is incised in black lettering on the
6 o'clock and 12 o'clock faces.
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DIED FOR US, 1914-1918
Died 2 October 1918 at Parc Behan, Coverack; buried 5 October 1918,
aged 25, at Coverack. Born in 1893 at Ilchester, Somerset the daughter
of George and Lilian Bryan-Daunt. In 1902 the family was living
in Coverack where her father was a surgeon. By 1911 Zoe was a scholar
aged 15 at Southfields, Wimbledon Park, London.
32/800, HMS Indefatigable, Royal Navy. Killed in Action at the Battle
of Jutland when HMS Indefatigable was sunk 31 May 1916, aged 35.
Born in 1882 the son of John and Mary Ann Eustace. In the 1911 Census
he was in the Royal Navy aged 30 on HMS Blake, Home Fleet at sea
latitude 50.35N Longitude 0.30W. His rank was given as Petty Officer
1 Class Seaman. Awarded 1914-1915 Star Campaign Medal of the British
Empire. See also St Keverne Church
Officer Second Class 124325, HMS Monmouth, Royal Navy. Husband of
Emma Freathy and formerly a coastguard of Coverack. Killed in action
at the naval Battle of Coronel off the Chilean coast on 1 November
1914 when his ship was sunk. Born on 5 April 1868 at Paignton, Devon,
the son of Charles and Elizabeth Freathy. By 1914 the Freathy family
was at Coverack. Next of kin was his widow Emma Freathy, of HM Coastguard
Station, Coverack. See also St Keverne
Second Class Royal Navy HMS Impregnable. Son of Frederick John and
Nora Kathleen Carey of Coverack. He was born on 26 March 1900 and
baptised at Coverack Methodist church on 10 July 1900. He died of
disease 9 February 1917, aged 17, and was buried at Ford Park cemetery
(Plymouth Old Cemetery) Plymouth. Born on 26 March 1900 at Coverack,
the son of Frederick John and Nora Kathleen Carey. In 1911 he was
living in Coverack with his parents and siblings and was a scholar
at Coverack school.
Lieutenant, Royal Army Service Corps. Son of Walter George and Sarah
Bonfield of Kempston, Bedford and husband of Florence Bonfield of
Coverack. He died of wounds on 26 October 1910 aged 37 and was buried
at Adinkerke Military Cemetery, Belgium. Born in 1876 at Fordham,
Essex, the son of Walter and Sarah Bonfield. In 1911 he and his
family were at North Corner, Coverack and he was the Estate Agent
for the Squire of the Parish (P.D.Williams). See also St
23859, 10th Battalion, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. Killed
in action 25 October 1917 in France & Flanders. Born in St.
Keverne in 1897 the son of Elizabeth Ann Edwards (remarried as Peters),
of Penhallick, Coverack. Enlisted at Helston. Buried in Duhallows
A.D.S. Ceemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot II. Row A. Grave
18. By 1911 he was aged 14 and working on the farm at Little Penhallick
for his uncle Richard Edwards. See also St
18265, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Son of Emma Freathy of Paignton,
Devon and formerly of Coverack and of the late Frederick John Freathy
of Coverack. He died on 11 December 1917 aged 22 and was buried
at the Fifteen Ravine British Cemetery at Villers Plouich, France.
Born in Totnes, Devon in 1895 the son of Frederick John and Emma
Freathy. See also St Keverne Church
23860, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. Son of James Henry and
Mary Emma Hocking of Ponsongath Cottage. He was baptised at St Keverne
church on 4 April 1895 and died on 7 March 1916 aged 21. He was
buried at Plymouth (Efford) Cemetery. Born in 1895 at Ponsongath,
St Keverne, the son of James Henry and Mary Emma Hocking of Ponsongath
Cottage. By 1911 he was a farm labourer aged 16 working at Penhallick.
See also St Keverne Church
at Arms D/M 39742, HMS Tamar, Royal Navy . Son of William Henry
Bonfield (Deceased) and Florence Bonfield of Coverack. He died on
when the Prison Ship Lison Maru was sunk in transit from Hong Kong
to Shanghai 6 miles from Tung Fusham Island, off the China coast,
1/2 October 1942, aged 49, he was in Hold One. No known grave. Commemorated
on on the Plymouth Naval Memorial, Devon. Panel 72, Column 2. Born
– 21 November 1901 Redruth Son of William Henry and Florence Bonfield.
In the 1911 Census – living with parents and brother Eric at North
Corner, Coverack aged 9. Prisoners of War. Died 2 October 1942 aged
49. See also St Keverne Church
HMS Tamar – used as a base ship in Hong Kong. During the Battle
of Hong Kong, HMS Tamar was towed out to a buoy on 8 December
1941 but was attacked by Japanese bombers and was scuttled on
12 December 1941 to avoid being used by the invading Japanese
Seaman, MV Hesperia (Leith), Merchant Navy. Died 7 February 1945
aged 34 and buried in Benghazi War Cemetery, Libya. Plot 4. Row
A. Grave 10. Born – 1910. See also St Keverne
MV Scottish Minstrel, Merchant Navy. Died 11 July 1940, aged 57.
Born – 28 December 1883 Coverack. Son of George and Mary Jane Cruze.
In the 1901 Census – resident Coverack, living with parents and
siblings, aged 17 and working as a fisherman. In World War 1 he
served as Z/2333, Royal Navy. 1940 – arrived New York 18 June 1941
from Falmouth on MV Scottish Minstrel aged 57. Bosun. No known grave.
Commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial, London. See also St
Petty Officer D/J 82171, HMS Hermes, Royal Navy. Died 9 April 1942,
aged 38. Born – 1902 Gwithian. Son of George Herbert and Frances
White; husband of Tiny A. C. White, of Coverack, Cornwall. In the
1911 Census – living at Helford Passage, Constantine with parents
and siblings aged 8 and at school. No known grave. Commemorated
on Plymouth Naval Memorial, Devon. Panel 63, Column 2.
See also St Keverne Church
April 1942 – whilst deployed with the Eastern Fleet, HMS Hermes
came under attack from a Japanese aircraft carrier with heavy
loss of life after being hit by several bombs.
Raid Warden of Coverack. Daughter of Charles Bamford and Florence
Fannie Williamson of North Shields, Northumberland and wife of Squadron
Leader Murland Hunter RAF, of Coverack. She died in the air raid
on Coverack on 17 August 1942, aged 46, at Sunny Corner, Coverack,
and was buried at Coverack on 19 August 1942. Born – 1896 South
Shields, Durham. See also St Keverne Church
26 December, 2016