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War Memorial

1914 - 1919

In Honoured Memory of the Men of the Parish

who laid down their lives in the Great War


Their name liveth for evermore

SYDNEY ALLEN:  Able Seaman, Bristol Z/1909.  Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve.  SS Dunrobin (Newcastle).  Lost at sea through enemy action on Sunday, 25th November, l917.  Son of William and Annie Allen of Roseendian Downs, Perranuthnoe.   Listed on the Plymouth Naval Memorial Devon (Panel 23).  The SS Dunrobin, a 3,617 ton cargo ship owned by the Sunderland Steamship Company of Newcastle, was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-53 while 49 miles off the Lizard, Cornwall on 25th November, 1917.  She was en route from Almeria, Spain to Tyne with a cargo of iron ore and grapes.

ERNEST DAWE:  Rifleman 5779 1/21st (County of London) Battalion (1st Surrey Rifles), London Regiment, 142nd Brigade, 47th (2nd London) Division.   Killed in action on Tuesday, 12th September, 1916.  Born and resident at Goldsithney, enlisted at Bodmin.  Listed on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France (Pier and Face 13C).

ALFRED EADE:  Private 33279. 8th (Service) Battalion, Devonshire Regiment, 20th Brigade, 7th Division.  Killed in action of Friday, 26th October 1917 aged 25, during the attack on Gheluvelt.   Born in Perranuthnoe and enlisted in Madron.   Son of Alfred and Amelia Eade of Perran Downs, Goldsithney.  Interred in Hooge Crater Cemetery, Ypres, West Vlaanderen, Belgium (XI.L.6).  Together with the 9th Battalion, Devonshire Regiment the 8th Battalion took part on the attack on Gheluvelt through rain and mud.   Although supported by a heavy barrage both Battalions suffered from enfilade fire and counter-attacks and by 1100 hours casualties were very high.  Of the 8th Bn’s sixteen company officers who had gone into action 14 were casualties.   Altogether the Battalion had 127 killed or missing with 131 wounded.   October 26th stands out as the worst day that either Battalion had ever experienced.

JOHN HENRY LAITY:  Private 202707. 7th (Service) Battalion, Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry, 61st Brigade, 20th (Light) Division.  Killed in action on Friday,  30th November, 1917.   Born in Perranuthnoe, enlisted at Hayle while resident in Marazion.  Listed on the Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, Nord, France (Panel 6).  The 30th saw the Battalion in support in old German trenches on the outskirts of Masnieres in the Vacquerie Valley.   At around 8.00 in the morning the enemy attacked in strength forcing the Battalion to give ground in order to avoid being surrounded.  Throughout the day considerable enemy movement was seen and at dusk they again attacked but the Battalion held its new position.   Losses were heavy with 162 officers and men killed, wounded or missing.

RICHARD HENRY LAITY:  Private 41710. 8th (Service) Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.   Died on Saturday, 9th November, 1918 aged 30.   Son of  John Henry and Beatrice Laity;  husband of Nellie Laity of Trescowe, Marazion.   Enlisted at Bodmin.   Interred in Cologne Southern Cemetery, Cologne, Nordrhein –Westfal, Germany (V.E.2) (Most likely a prisoner of war).

JOHN LIDSTONE: Chief Stoker. 155341, Royal Navy.  HMS Warrior.  Lost at sea through enemy action on Wednesday, 31st May, 1916 at the Battle of Jutland, aged 41.  Son of Robert and Ann Lidstone of Marldon, Paignton, Devon, husband of Boadicea Mabel Rodda (formerly Lidstone, of Pines Villa, Perranuthnoe) of Fore Street, Marazion.   Listed on Plymouth Naval Memorial, Devon (Panel 14).  HMS Warrior, a Warrior Class armoured cruiser, formed part of 1st Cruiser Squadron at Jutland.   She was seriously damaged by gunfire on 31st May l916 which set her on fire.   She was taken under tow but early the following morning, with her quarterdeck awash, she was abandoned by her crew and then scuttled 160 miles east of Aberdeen. Seventy of her company did not survive the battle.

1939 -1945
DOUGLAS ALFRED BOSTON:  Private S/160358 Royal Army Service Corps.  Died on Sunday, 13th February, 1944, aged 47.   Son of Albert and Martha Boston, husband of Frances Mary Boston of Goldsithney.  Interred in St. Hilary of Poitiers Church Cemetery, St. Hilary (West part) Cornwall.
EDWARD LYNDON CURNOW:  Ordinary Seaman D/JX  l63192, Royal Navy.  HMS Matabele (F26).  Lost at sea through enemy action on Saturday, 17th January, 1942 aged 18.   Son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Curnow of Goldsithney.   HMS Matabele, a Tribal Class destroyer built in l937, was escorting convoy PQ-8 to Murmansk, Russia, when she was torpedoed on 17th January, 1942 by the German Submarine U-454 just of the Kola Inlet in the Barents Sea.   She sank within two minutes and although many of the crew were able to abandon ship they froze to death in the icy waters.   There were only three survivors and they were rescued by HMS Somali.
FRANK PHILLIPS:  Distinguished Flying Cross:  Flight Lieutenant 37827.  204 Squadron, Coastal Command, Royal Air Force.   Lost on flying operations on Sunday, 21st July, 1940, aged 25.  Listed on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey and on the St. Ives War Memorial.   Son of Tom and Edith Phillips (nee Nettleton) of Ednovean, Perranuthnoe.  On the outbreak of war 204 Squadron,equipped  with eight Sunderlands Mark 1, carried out patrols over the Channel and Western Approaches.   In April, 1940 the Squadron moved to the Shetlands (RAF Sullom Voe) for patrols off Norway.   His Sunderland Mark 1 (N9O28 KG-A)  was reported missing, possibly shot down by Me110s near Linaero, Norway. All twelve of the crew were lost.
ARTHUR LEONARD THOMAS:  Stoker LT/KX 124870, Royal Naval Patrol Service, HMS Europa.   Died on Saturday, 29th May, 1943 aged 37 at Lowestoft Royal Naval Hospital.  Well known footballer and yachtsman.   Eldest son of Francis and Emily Thomas of King’s Road, Marazion; husband of Florence Maud Thomas of 1, St. Aubyn Terrace, Goldsithney and brother of Stoker Christopher Rowland Thomas.  Interred in Marazion Cemetery, following a funeral at the Ebeneezer Chapel on 2nd June, 1943.   HMS Europa at Lowestoft was the HQ for the  RNPS  and administered for over 70,000 men and 6,000 ships which included trawlers, drifters, motor fishing vessels, motor launches, motor minesweepers and numerous requisitioned vessels.
  • This information has been made available thanks to John and Diana Puchas’ keen interest in obtaining background information to the fallen on the Memorial and to Major Robert Harrison of Paul, Penzance who has researched the background to names on numerous Memorials throughout Cornwall. October 2012

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