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World War 1 & 2 - detailed information
Compiled and copyright © George Pritchard 2005
Researched Martin Edwards 2008

The St Buryan memorial is on the right hand side of the churchyard wall and sits in a recess with a Saxon Cross. The World War 1 inscriptions are to be found on a plaque at the foot of the cross and on the ledge is an additional plaque to those whoi died in World War 2. The memorial was unveiled 3 June 1921 by Brig. Gen. Lord St. Levan, C.B., C.V.O. and dedicated by Rev. A. Cornish, C.F. (Rector of St. Buryan). There are 19 names listed for World War 1 and 5 for World War 2.

Photographs Copyright © Bob Harrison 2008

IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 1918


[Spelt BLEWITT on SDGW] Wheeler/Quartermaster Sergeant 17116, 11th Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died on service 8 April 1918. Aged 40. Born and resident St. Buryan, enlisted Penzance. Husband of Jessie Blewitt, of High St., Wedipworth, Hunts. Awarded the Military Medal (M.M.). Buried in NAMPS-AU-VAL BRITISH CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot I. Row B. Grave 28.


Francis John aka Frank
Private 345292, 16th (Royal 1st Devon Yeomanry and Royal North Devon Hussars) Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action 3 December 1917. Enlisted Teignmouth, Devon, resident St Buryan, Cornwall. Buried in JERUSALEM WAR CEMETERY, Israel and Palestine (including Gaza). Section F. Grave 16.


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Hubert Charles Langslow

[Listed as Herbert on memorial] Major, P.S.C. 17th Brigade attached to Staff, Royal Garrison Artillery. Killed in action in Persian Gulf between 22 November 1915 and 24 November 1915. Born 6 February 1876 in Bengal and baptised 6 March 1876 in Allahabad Trinity Church, Bengal, son of Charles Richard and Anna Cock. Twice Mentioned in Despatches (MiD). No known grave. Commemorated on BASRA MEMORIAL, Iraq. Panel 4 and 61.

Extract from De Ruvigny's Roll Of Honour 1914-1918, volum 2, page 73:

COCK, HUBERT CHARLES LANGSLOW, Major, 23rd Peshawar Mountain Battery R.G.A., elder s. of the late Major Charles Richard Cock, D.A.A.G., Eastern Frontier Brigade (who was killed at the siege of Khonoma, Naga Hills), by his wife, Anna (26, Scarsdale Villas, Kensington, W.), 7th dau. of the late Rt. Hon. Sir Frederick Pollock, 1st Bart. ; and gdson. of General James Cock, I.A. ; b. Allahabad, North-West Provinces, 6 Feb. 1876 ; educ. Margate ; Wellington College, and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich ; gazetted 2nd Lieut. R.A. 21 March, 1896 ; promoted Lieut. 21 March, 1899 ; Capt. 2 Sept. 1901, and Major 30 Oct. 1914 ; was employed with the West African Frontier Force from 17 Jan. 1903 to 21 Jan. 1908; served (1) in the Kano-Sokoto Campaign 1903 (Medal with clasp) ; (2) in Northern Nigeria, 1906 (men¬tioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 18 Sept. 1906) ; Clasp) ; entered the Staff College in 1910 ; served (3) with the Indian Expedi¬tionary Force at the Persian Gulf from Sept. 1914 ; was wounded before getting to Basra in the following Nov., but returned to duty by the 20th ; appointed Brigade Major to the 17th Brigade, and was killed in action at the Battle of Ctesiphon, 22 Nov. 1915, being shot through the heart while leading his men. Buried near the Arch of Ctesiphon. A brother officer wrote: “I never came across anyone who had served under him who did not wish to do so again, and I am sure that if any devotion on the part of his brother officers or subordinates could have saved him, it would have come, and come from a sense of deep affection and respect." Major Cock was twice mentioned in Despatches (London Gazettes, 13 July and 25 July, 1915], for gallant and distinguished service in the field ; unm.


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Sapper 150633, Inland Water Transport, Royal Engineers. Died in United Kingdom 22 November 1917. Aged 21. Born St Buryan, enlisted St. Just. Son of John Treweeke Jelbart and Phyllis Jelbart. Buried in CROWS-AN-WRA WESLEYAN CHAPELYARD, Cornwall.


[Albert] Owen
[Spelt JEWELS on SDGW] Lance Corporal 494988, 77th Field Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in action 1 April 1918. Born Camborne, enlisted Penzance, resident St. Buryan. Buried in DERNANCOURT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot VII. Row B. Grave 10.


Benjamin Eastlake

Captain, 3rd Battalion, Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) attached 2nd Battalion, Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment). Killed in action on the Somme 12 October 1916.Born 17 June 1877. Aged 39. Son of the late B. W. Leader, R.A., and Mary Eastlake Leader, of Burrows Cross, Gomshall, Guildford; husband of Isabella Leader (nee Anderson), of Rosemerrin, Bude, Cornwall. Educated at Charterhouse and Cambridge. An Artist. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 5 D and 6 D. See also Charterhouse School and also Trinity College, Cambridge University

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1916:

LEADER Benjamin Eastlake of Rosemerrin Saint Buryan Cornwall captain 3rd Queen's West Surrey regiment died 12 October 1916 in France on active service Probate London 21 December to William Boyd Anderson writer.
Effects 6219 12S. 10d. Resworn £7053 10s. 4d.

Extract from De Ruvigny's Roll Of Honour 1914-1918, volume3, page 171:

LEADER, BENJAMIN EASTLAKE, Capt., 3rd (Reserve) Battn. The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regt.), eldest s. of Benjamin William Leader, of Burrows Cross, Gomshall, co. Surrey, R.A.. by his wife, Mary, dan. of William Eastlake ; b. Worcester, 17 June, 1877 ; educ. Charterhouse ; Trinity College, Cambridge, and on leaving there studied as a Landscape Painter under Sir H. Von Herkomer, and later at Newlyn ; formed part of the Artists' Colony at Lamorna, near Penzance, being for five years a well-known exhibitor at the Royal Academy ; volunteered his services after the outbreak of war ; was gazetted 2nd Lieut. The West Surrey Reg_ 25 Sept. 1914 ; promoted Lieut. 20 Nov. following, and Capt. 22 May, 1915 ; served with the Expeditionary Force In France and Flanders from Jan. 1915, and was killed in action at Le Transloy 12 Oct. 1916. He m. at Glasgow, 8 Sept. 1910, Isabella (1, Grosvenor Crescent, Glasgow), 3rd dau. of William Boyd Anderson, of Glasgow, and had two children : Benjamin John, b. 7 June, 1914, and Alison Mary, b. 1 June, 1916.

Extract from Evening Mail - Monday 13 November 1916, page 3:

CAPTAIN BENJAMIN EASTLAKE LEADER, Royal West Surrey Regiment, killed on October 12, was the eldest son of Mr. B. W. Leader, R.A., and was 39 years of age. He was educated at Charterhouse School and Trinity College, Cambridge. He followed his father's profession and studied at Bushey under Sir H. von Herkomer, and afterwards at Newlyn. He formed part of the artists' colony at Lamorna, near Penzance. He married in 1910 Isabella, third daughter of Mr. W. Boyd Anderson, of Glasgow, and leaves two children. At the beginning of the war he joined the Royal West Surrey Regiment and attained the rank of captain. He had been at the front for nearly two years.


James [Thomas]
[Spelt MATTHEWS on CWGC & SDGW] Private 31756, 1st Battalion, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. Died of wounds 14 April 1917. Aged 19. Born and resident St. Buryan, enlisted Exeter. Son of Phyllis Lena Matthews, of St. Buryan, Cornwall, and the late Albert Matthews. Formerly 3340, 1st Battalion, Devonshire Yeomanry. Buried in CABARET-ROUGE BRITISH CEMETERY, SOUCHEZ, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XXIX. Row A. Grave 27.


Harry William
[Listed as William Henry OSBORNE on SDGW and CWGC] Private 35165 [SDGW} or 34165 [CWGC], 6th Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment. Died of wounds 24 August 1918. Aged 19. Born St Buryan, enlisted Helston. Son of John and Charlotte Ann Osborne, of Nancegollan, Helston, Cornwall. Buried in MAILLY WOOD CEMETERY, MAILLY-MAILLET, Somme, France. Plot II. Row Q. Grave 13.


Driver 207004, 464th Battery, 179th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died 13 November 1918. Aged 26. Son of Joseph and Ellen T. Prowse, of St. Buryan, Cornwall. Buried in TERLINCTHUN BRITISH CEMETERY, WIMILLE, Pas de Calais, France. Plot X. Row E. Grave 21.


Gunner 321236, 546th Siege Battery, Cornwall (Duke of Cornwall's) T.F., Royal Garrison Artillery. Killed in action 11 October 1918. Aged 27. Born and enlisted St. Buryan. Son of Joseph and Ellen T. Prowse, of Tregiffian Cliff, St. Buryan, Cornwall. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 6 to 7 and 162.


Charles aka Charley
Private 2021225, 72nd Canadian Infantry, Canadian Infantry. Died of wounds 12 December 1918; admitted to 33 Casualty Clearing Station 5 November 1918 with wounds to the thigh, dangerously wounded, transferred 12 November 1918 to 26 General Hospital, Etaples, France, dangerously ill still 1 December 1918, died of his wounds. Aged 30. Born 9 January 1888 in Cornwall. Son of Samuel and Margaret Jane Strick, of Crean, St. Buryan, Cornwall formerly Bottoms, St. Buryan, Cornwall. Attested 24 October 1917 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, aged 29 years 9 months, Farm Labourer by trade, single, religious denomination Church of England, height 5 feet 7¾ inches, weight 170lbs, chest 39-42 inches, dark complexion, grey eyes, black hair. Originally arrived in England aboard S.S. Metagama 11 March 1918, to France 15 August 1918. Buried in ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XLVII. Row D. Grave 11. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF), RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 9382 - 39


Private 28795, 2nd Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. Killed in action 4 September 1918. Aged 19. Born and resident Lamorna, Cornwall, enlisted Penzance, Cornwall. Son of Charles and Mary Strick, of Lamarna, Penzance. No known grave. Commemorated on PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL, Hainaut, Belgium. Panel 6.


Private 28005, 15th (Service) Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. Killed in action 20 September 1917. Aged 19. Born St. Burian, Cornwall, enlisted Penzance, Cornwall. Son of Charles and Mary Strick, of Lamorna, Penzance. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 88 to 90.


Sapper 104936, 183rd Tunnelling Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in action 1 December 1915. Born St. Ives, Cornwall, resident Penzance, Cornwall, enlisted Whitehall, Middlesex. No known grave. Commemorated on PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL, Hainaut, Belgium. Panel 1.


Leading Trimmer 3100/ST, H.M.S. "Attentive," Royal Naval Reserve. Died 26 October 1918. Buried in ST. BURYAN CHURCH CEMETERY, Cornwall.

1939 - 1945


Christopher Thomas
Lance Sergeant 2732759, 2nd Battalion, Welsh Guards. Died on service in United Kingdom 8 April 1942. Aged 33. Son of William Telford Brown and Elizabeth Brown; husband of Elizabeth Doris Brown, of Penberth, Cornwall. Buried in CODFORD ST. MARY (ST. MARY) NEW CHURCHYARD, Wiltshire.


possibly Joseph Sidney CHAPPLE, Chief Engineman LT/JX 157810, H.M.S. Sandown, Royal Naval Patrol Service. Died 22 January 1945. Aged 45. Son of Joseph Sidney and Esther Chapple; husband of Lily Rose Chapple, of Shirley, Southampton. Buried in SOUTHAMPTON (HOLLYBROOK) CEMETERY, Hampshire. Section K. 11. Grave 231.


Edward Vernon Molyneux

Major 75263, 2nd (Airborne) Battalion, Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry. Killed in action 19 June 1944. Aged 27. Born Sheffield, resident Cornwall. Son of Richard Vernon Favell and Alice Molyneux Favell, of Penberth, Cornwall. In the 1921 census he was resident Penzance, Cornwall. Buried in RANVILLE WAR CEMETERY, Calvados, France. Plot IA. Row L. Grave 15.

Extract from Western Morning News - Wednesday 5 July 1944, page 2:

Cornish Major Killed

The death in action is announced of Maj. Edward Vernon Molyneux Favell, younger son of the late Dr. R. Vernon Favell and Mrs. Vernon Favell, of Penberth, St. Buryan.

A member of the Regular Army, he was serving with the airborne forces at the time of his death. His elder brother is Com. Richard Favell, D.S.C., R.N., submarine ace.


Joseph Henry
Flight Sergeant (Navigator) 1602863, 166 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Flying in an Avro Lancaster III, serial number PB635, took off from R.A.F. Kirmington on a night mission to Nurnberg; the aircraft was hit by Flak (possibly American) and crashed west of Puttelenge, France, 2 January 1945. Aged 22. Son of James Rominal Gilbert and Mary Gilbert, of St. Buryan, Cornwall. Buried in CHOLOY WAR CEMETERY, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France. Plot 2. Row C. Collective grave 3.


Sidney John Penrose
Warrant Officer (Air Gunner) 1354463, 620 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 29 June 1945. Aged 23. Son of Sidney and Elizabeth Jane Lugg, of St. Buryan. Buried in ST. BURYAN CHURCH CEMETERY, Cornwall. N.E. Corner. Row 3. Grave 46.


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