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Trigg Major Magazine extracts during the First World War


3 October 1914: Launceston man Driver Avery, has had his horse shot from under him.
Driver J Avery, 23rd Battery RFA, who was in the Battle of Mons, was an ex-Army man, and left Launceston on August 5th to join his former regiment, the Royal Field Artillery – he previously had served a term of five years, retiring with good conduct and exemplary character. Driver Avery was previously the caretaker of the Launceston Sewage Works. He is the son of Mr John Avery, of Iveyhouse, Broadwood.

Five members of the Army Reserve, left Launceston on Monday morning for home service: Messrs. WH Buckley, WHJ Logg, C Cudlipp, A Hicks, and C Jones. They proceeded to Bodmin to join a company attached to the 4th DCLI, under Captain Hutchins, their destination being Dorchester. The duty assigned to them is to guard the German prisoners. Mr B Petts, ex-Territorial of the Launceston PSA Brotherhood, who left Launceston for America, eighteen months ago, came home to volunteer for the Armed Forces.
Sympathy will be felt with Pte Frank Hicks, of Dawes House, and his relatives in his illness. Pte Hicks, who served his apprenticeship for the Cornish & Devon Post, was residing in Liskeard when hostilities broke out. He was an old Volunteer and went to Salisbury Plain. under canvas, having volunteered for, and accepted for foreign service.
Killed in the War: Sergeant Fitze: Sgt. James Fitze, RAMC., left England with Expeditionary Force. He is the son of Mrs Fitze, Duke Street, and brother of Mr J Fitze, ironmonger, Westgate.

Lt.Col. Knight. Son of Mrs. Knight of Hornacott Manor Lt.Col Guy Cunningham Knight, Commander, the 1st Bn. Loyal North Leicester Regt, has succumbed to wounds received on September 11th; son of the late Mr Edward Lucas Knight, of Hornacott Manor, attained to the command in February 1911, entered the Army in 1887; promoted Lt. in 1888; Captain in 1894; Brevet Major in 1900, and Major in 1904. During the South African war he raised and commanded the 1st. South Wales Mounted Infantry Brigade, taking part in operations in the Orange Free State, including action in Transvaal, Vet River and Zand River [check]. He took part in several actions in Transvaal near the end of the war. Mentioned in Dispatches on September 10th 1901.
Mr Arthur Hastings White, of the Cape Mounted Rifles, son of the late Mr and Mrs G Graham White*, esq. of Launceston, and brother of Mrs TH Kendall, The Rectory, Holsworthy, was wounded in the engagement at Randfontain on September 26th
[* Mr GG White, Solicitor, Mayor, Captain of LVFB, his tomb beside St MM church. Lived at St Stephens,]

October, 1914: Launcestonians At The Front: Shoeing Smith, FG Finnemore, son of Mr/Mrs Finnemore, Newport, is at the Front on the RFA.
Mr J Johns, Alexandra Terrace, Launceston, has four sons serving in HM Forces: Arthur Johns, is a Corporal of the Horse Farrier, at the front; Sergeant E Johns, in the Coldstream Guards, and, we believe, going to Newcastle to drill recruits; First-Class P.O. J Johns, is on Collosus, 1st-Class Battleship; Bombardier Albert Johns, RHA, was in India.
Mr and Mrs Marwood Parsons, Race Hill, has two sons at the front: Quarter-Master Marwood Parsons, RFA, in the same Division as Sapper Harold Walters, son of Mr R Walters, Exeter Street – writing home he said he had seen Albert Penfound, Launceston.
Quarter-Master Parsons was in the Boer War, at Ladysmith during the siege.
Pte Thomas Parsons, his brother, is at the Front with the Ammunition Wagons.
[RoH Oct 17th 1914] G Snell, AB. HMS London; C Tucker, Leading Telegraphist, Defiance.
HR Westlake ? Stoker P.O Westlake.

Trigg Mag: January 1915: St Stephens. It is with pleasure to learn that the son of Mr and Mrs Kent, of Truscott, has been given a commission in the Royal Artillery. A Commission is not easily obtained, and it could only have been by shewing great capacity and thorough efficiency, possibly in the face of the enemy, that Frederick Thomas Kent has been thus promoted.
He has been at the Front from the commencement of the war, and we trust he will be safely returned preserved to the end.
Herbert Stanley Mason has nearly recovered from his wound and will be joining his Regiment – the Life Guards – shortly. Ernest Drew, vicar.
Trigg Mag. Northill, January 1915: Note of the Month: North Hill has lost one of its most prominent sons in the sad death of Mr Claude Mitchell, from pneumonia.
St MM, December 1915: Marriage: George Nigel Spry, to Elizabeth Medland, November 8th.
Lawhitton: Edgar Vosper, of Bamham, at Gallipoli, died of dysentery. Thomas Coombe.

Trigg Major Magazine: January 1915: St M M : Vicar Rev-Canon FE Lewis, Hendra.
“RSPCA Fund For Sick & Wounded British Horses. In spite of the excellent arrangements and splendid work carried out by the Army Veterinary Corps for the care of the sick and wounded horses of the British forces of the front, the public has long felt a desire to co-operate in the humane and economic work of the Department. It is interesting here to mention that already some 23,000 horses have been into its hospitals, and tended with such care that large numbers have been returned fit to the front. The A.V.C., has already availed itself of assistance of the RSPCA by drafting large numbers of its Inspectors into the ranks of that Corps, and the Society has now received the official sanction of the Army Council to aid the cause in coping with the increased demand on its resources. This sanction is covered in the following words:- “that they will be grateful for your Society’s further assistance . . . . and approve of a fund being started by your Society for the purchase of Hospital requisites for sick and wounded horses.”
I have gladly accepted the position of chairman of a special Council to organise the fund, and I appeal with confidence to all for financial assistance to enable the RSPCA to assist in coping with this admirable work.
Cheques for the special fund may be sent to the Society RSPCA, 105, Jermyne Street, London, S.W., or to Mr CA Philimore, who has kindly consented to act as Hon. Tres., at Messrs. Coutts & Co. Bank, 440, Strand, London. Yours faithfully, Portland, Chair.”

Trigg Mag 1915: St Stephens, April – 2nd Lt William John Kent, enlisted ten years ago in the RFA, commissioned well before last Christmas, on the field of battle, for Conspicuous Bravery; married in the church of North Petherwin, left for France soon afterwards and ordered up on the 11th March, with his battery, to take part in the Battle of Neuve Chapelle. On the morning of the 12th, a shell burst close to him, killing him and another soldier, and wounding eight others of his battery. He was buried where he fell: he is the son of Mrs Kent, Truscott.
St Thomas, April: Pte WG Hearne, reported Missing, probably POW. Cpl E Olver, hospitalised with frost bite on active service. Pte C Body, was Wounded 10 days ago;
May, St Thomas: Pte C Body, Sapper PT Widdison fatally wounded; Cpl E Neve, granted extra leave. Pte E Manning hospitalised for treatment. Promoted: L/Cpls Steer and Sleeman.
Pte Corfield [Worcester Regiment] and L/Cpl Nye [5th Lancers], say ‘Thank You’ for goods received.
North Petherwin: May: L/Cpl Hawke and Pte Phillips.

St Thomas, June 1915: L/Cpl Steer writes from India that they are well and having a good time, but find the heat oppressive at times. It seems strange to go to church with rifle and bayonet and 20 rounds of ammunition.
It was a great pleasure to welcome Pte Body, on furlough, after his experience at Nueve Chapelle. We note with pleasure the promotion of Sgt West and L/Cpl P Pearse.
North Petherwin, June: Will Phillip is ill in Falmouth; Chief Stoker Wilcocks is in Plymouth; Kenneth Gubbin is now a full Corporal, shortly going to the Front. Maurice Wigney is wounded in the head, the men either side of him were killed, but he is again in the fighting line.
Boyton, June 1915: GF Perry, Exmouth; Stanley Dinner, Dalhousie, N. India; A Finnemore, Aldershot; W Finnemore, Exmouth; W Dinner, Exmouth.

WERRINGTON, July 1915: “Thanks to the most generous hospitality of Mr and Mrs Williams and Mr and Mrs Coode, the present batch of men who are being so tenderly looked after at the Hospital at Launceston, have been brought in close touch with many of our parishioners, and it has been a great joy and pleasure to those so privileged to welcome them, to cheer them, and to hear from them, not alone of their own doings [for they are very reluctant to speak of their own works], but for the doings of the gallant British Expeditionary Force’s, and truly we say, as we reflect upon the works of the latter [against such odds] – “It is marvellous what they have done.”
St Thomas New of Service en: A letter from Bombardier Penfound, he is uninjured; a postcard from Stoker Wickett, on HMS Temerraire; L/Cpl Hicks promoted; Memorial Service in memory of Sgt Wilkinson and Pte Hearne[Killed in Action].
North Petherwin, July: We congratulate Mr Deacon on being made Gunnery Instructor. Cpl W Hake and Trooper A Pope, Kenneth Gubbin, on a short leave, are well, Pte Phillips back from Isle of Wight, has volunteered for the trenches next week. Madame Wigney has been anxious to earn about her son, Maurice.
Egloskerry & Tremaine: “Our sincere sympathy goes out to Mrs Penhorwood, whose son, Pte Thomas Penhorwood, was killed last May, while serving with the Expeditionary Force. Thomas Penhorwood was a devout Christian, and for many years a member of the Church Choir.”

Trigg Major Mag. July 1916: St Thomas. News of Service Men. Letters have been received from Pte WJ Trewin [members of the choir will be glad to know that Trewin is in a soldier’s choir], Gunner W Rundle, WR Atwill, L/Cpl/ GH Hicks, who reports that C Martin and FJ Edgcombe are quite well. Sapper S Pearse has had a slight gas attack, but is otherwise well. The other night I read a splendid letter from H Venning, who, with young Horrell and Eveleigh has been on the Front line many months. Reg Dew is battalion sniper. E Oliver and S Meddleton are now sergeants. Pte Sleeman has had a short leave, also Stokers Dymond and Towl. Pte Ernest Parish is in India recovering from wounds received in Mesopotamia Cpl Manning and Pte W Turner has so far recovered as to return to their depots.
Roll of Honour: Another name must be added to the number of parishioners who have laid down their lives for King and Country. Edwin Howe, K.I.A., on HMS Indefatigable in the recent Naval Battle.
Marriage: June 12th, Driver James Henry Cowling to Adeline Ethel Sutton.
North Petherwin: The War and North Petherwin. The most interesting visit home has been that of Gun Instructor Deacon who was in the naval battle, and, needless to say, gave a very different account from that of the Germans. Chief Stoker T Willcocks had rather a short leave considering his long absence, and after a most affecting good bye, returned the next day for a longer leave.
Great concern was felt last week for Trooper W Fry because of a relapse of rheumatic fever, but is now recovering. We are also thankful that Pte WJ Phillips has come successfully out of the operation for appendicitis. Pte W Ridgman has gone to a dangerous post at the Front. Others who have been home are Troopers Pope and Baker, Ptes S Banbury, H Willcocks and T Harding.
North Tamerton: July 1916: We Extend our sympathy to Mr and Mrs Shuker, of Hornicott Manor, who have lost a very dear nephew in the recent naval battle off the Dutch coast, Assistant-Constructor AK Stephens of the Royal Corps of Naval Construction. Mr Stephens was then serving in the Queen Mary, and went down on that ship. A very promising career has thus been cut short, as Mr Stephens had won honours and distinction at school and college. Eventually he was appointed to Devonport Dockyard, where he was indentified with the construction of a number of the most recent war ships launched at that port. Later he had a sea appointment and was in a fight off Heligoland and also in the battle of the Doggar Bank.
[Note: Lezant July 1916: Landue Working Party & Red Cross Society; making things for service men.]
St Giles & Virginstowe, August 1916: Our deepest sympathy is with Mr and Mrs Pearce in the loss they have sustained by the death of their soldier son at Bristol, after a short illness.
St Thomas: News of Service Men. Letters have been received from 2/Lt. Carter, Pte F Edgcumbe, Pte C Hillman, and Sapper S Cowling. Mr Carter says it “hurts to see all the devastation of God’s beautiful country.” Pte Edgcumbe looks eagerly for news from Launceston and his Parish Church. Pte Hillman is well and cheerful in spite of what he has gone through on the Western Front. Sapper Cowling tells of one of the men taking Sunday service, and doing it well. Trooper Fidoe, who was taken prisoner at Katia, near the Suez Canal, has sent a letter to his wife to her great relief. Stoker F Maunder and E Wickett, who is serving on a submarine, have had a much deserved furlough after the big event in the North Sea.
The Late Mr Claude Jones. How well I remember the young friend who has just Died on Active Service! What a bright example he was of the spirit of Canada! One of the first to offer himself to the service of the King and Country, he landed at Plymouth – a member of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. Then came the trying winter on Salisbury Plain, then a brief struggle against ill health, then a period of service in France, then a return to Shorncliffe, where he passed peacefully away on July 4th.
Stoke-Climsland: A word must be said of thankfulness for the example of George Brock, who was Killed In Action at the beginning of July at Le Boiselle.
Lawhitton: On Wednesday 19th July, the marriage was solemnized between Bdr Harry Bray and Miss Ethel Lane. [marriage: July 19th, Thomas Henry Bray & Ethel Lane.]
Broadwoodwidger: We are very sorry to record that Broadwoodwidger figures on the list of those brave men who have fallen for their Country, and our sympathy goes out to their parents:- William James Tubb, of Ashwater; Leonard Melsome, son of Mrs Rundle, of Thorn Moor.
Werrington: The Red Cross Auxiliary Hospital at Werrington Park.
How very delightful for our brave Canadian Soldiers in the establishing of the above hospital, with such charming surroundings and opportunities for recuperation! Most grateful indeed we know they are for the kindly thought and care of Mr and Mrs Williams, who have so generously afforded them this privilege and pleasure.
[Advert: Church Street, Launceston, SC Murton, Garden Seed Specialist.
Trigg Major Magazine: 1916: St Mary Magdalene. Vicar FC Lewis, Hendra.
The Sunday School Festival. “I should like to take this opportunity of thanking the members of St Mary’s for the warm welcome back to Launceston. After a year’s Hospital work in Egypt on a Hospital Ship with its appalling sights, and testing a temperature of 110 degrees in the shade in Salonika, and travelling 15,000 miles by sea, you will understand how I appreciate the refreshing scenery of this neighbourhood. Chaplains renew their commissions from year to year, but as I didn’t see any chance of being transferred from Hospital to Field work I didn’t apply for an extension of my year’s leave from Launceston. Since leaving England I have been to Gibraltar, Malta, Mudras, Alexandria, Cairo, Salonika, Stavros, and Hague, and have come back more than ever impressed by the splendid sacrifices and the wonderful qualities of our Army and Navy.
I could write pages in testifying to the fortitude of our men in hospitals, of their cheerfulness and appreciation of all that is done for them, and I think they value the work the chaplains have tried to do. Perhaps I shall have an opportunity later on of telling you something about a Chaplain’s life and work. Charles P Triplett.”
Mr Smith-Pearse terminated his work as Assistant Priest in the parish on August 13th. He very kindly consented to help in the parish until Mr Triplett should return. We are very grateful to him for his ministerial work, and hope that he will consider himself one of the staff of the Clergy of St Mary Magdalene.
St Thomas, Sep 1916: Ernest Granger Eveleigh. The Parish of St Thomas lost one of its bravest and best young men when Granger Eveleigh fell at the post of duty on Sunday, July 16th. There was a singular charm about young Eveleigh’s character which endeared him to all who knew him, so that his death cast a gloom over many hearts.
News of Service Men: I have received letter of thanks for cigarettes, etc., from Corporals C Westlake and GH Hicks; L/Cpl CH Kingwell; Sappers WH Abbot, S Cowling, F Stanbury and W Bridgman; Drivers JH Cowling and Causley; and Ptes WJ Trewin and W Nute. The last named writing from the trenches says, “The greatest thing is we are winning,” it is surprising what one can put up with knowing that. It is wonderful what a strange calmness is given from God when in the greatest of dangers.” 2nd Lt. Carter, Ptes Horrell and Hillman have been wounded in the recent heavy fighting and Sapper S Pearse has met with an accident. The last I heard from the all was favourable.
Lezant, Sep 1916: Lezant Workers – To The Red Cross at Launceston. [Amounts of work given]
To the Navy League 47; DCLI and others 83; Mine Sweepers 22; Belgian Soldiers 45;
RAMC and Ambulance Train 486; Prisoners of War 33; Sandbags 172; Amongst them have been; 159 prs slipper; 104 prs socks; 68 day shirts; 88 operating gowns, 39 pyjama suits; 60 woolies. The knitting is all done by home workers; there are about 30 of these who work occasionally, and five or six who work regularly. Mrs Folley of Rezare has obtained her Certificate and Voluntary Worker’s Badge. Miss Tregonning will be glad to give out wool to anyone able to knit mufflers, socks, mittens, or sleeping socks, when outdoor work is not so necessary, and the evenings are more free for this kind of work.
Since the members first met, on August 14th, 1914, over 3,000 things have been sent for the use of our sailors and soldiers, or for those working for them, and many letters of thanks have been sent to Landue by those on active service.
Egloskerry & Tremaine: Sp 1916: The death took place on May 29th of Sister Emily Cleave, the first Mother Provincial of the Community of St Mary the Virgin in India. She was the fifth daughter, and last surviving child, of Rev. Henry Addington Simcoe, of Egloskerry, and half-sister to Captain Simcoe, RN. In 1883 she joined the Community at Wantage, and in 1885 was sent to India, where she worked for seven years in the Poona Mission. She returned to England in 1892 and laboured for a time in St James’ Home, Fulham, but she returned to Poona in 1895, since when her life was given entirely to India. The Quarterly Mission Paper of the Wantage Community, at the close of its eloquent record of her life and work, says: “She has done a wonderful work for India, and Left us a great example, and her loss will be felt, not only in Poona, but among the many workers and friends from other parts of the country with whom she came in touch, who came to seek her never-failing sympathy and counsel, borne of long experience, but we know that we still have her loving interest and prayers. R.I.P.”
North Hill, Sep 1916: Our Red Cross Working Party has met 100 times during the two years from August 20th, 1914, when they began work, to August 20th, 1916. They have made 900 garments, which have been sent to the Depot of the Society in Launceston, viz; 73 pyjama suits; 15 Dressing gowns; 42 Cardigan Jackets; 18 Under vests; 8 Helpless Case flannel shirts; 91 Day shirts, 20 prs Pants; 148 prs Day socks, 3 prs Night socks, 14 prs Slippers; 2 Cotton Night-shirts; 7 prs Mittens; 7 Belts; 60 Handkerchiefs; 8 Mufflers; 72 Towels, 96 Pillow cases; 12 Garden Cushions; 12 Kit bags, 192 Articles in Kit Bags. signed: Julia E.D. Rodd.
[also a long list for St MM in October 1916. JE]
Stokeclimsland; OCTOBER 1916: A sincere note of sympathy is expressed to Mr and Mrs Cornish in the loss of their son John, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, and to Mr and Mrs Perry and family of their great anxiety for Charles Perry, Canadian Contingent.
St Thomas, Oct 1916: News of Service Men. We are anxiously awaiting news of Pte H Venning and Pte R Duke, both of whom, after long and valiant service, have been wounded in the recent great push. We are delighted to hear that Gunner Wenmoth – in the Land Navy – has some through trying and thrilling experiences which, he says, “I shall never forget.” Warm thanks with good and cheering news have come from Ptes F Edgcumbe, S Lawrence, A Woodman, WJ Trewin; Stoker F Maunder, who was rescued from HMS Falmouth. It was a pleasure to see Mr Carter – recovered from his wounds – Sapper Pearse, Driver WH Fry, PET Browning, Sapper WH Abbott, Pte EH Lee and F Maunder.
Baptism, September 2nd: Kathleen, daughter of Charles Alfred [late Com-Sgt Major, 6th DCLI], and Marion Jane Phelps.
Boyton, Oct 1916: We are very sorry to have to record that Pte F Furze, who joined the Irish Fusiliers in 1914, has been Killed In Action. Pte W Treadwell is also reported missing.
Broadwoodwidger: Oct 1916: Everybody is sorry to hear Pte Froud Burnett has been wounded. He is now in England in the Hospital at Leicester, and we shall look forward to seeing him at home again for a rest. He has had a very long, hard time in the fighting line
Lezant, Oct 1916: The following extract from a Chaplain’s letter to Mr Tregonning will be read with much pleasure. He was on his way home from Salonica, ill. “On Sunday last, they carried me up on deck for the first time. Then my Nursing Sister covered me up with a large rug. After a time I became aware there were names embroidered all over it, and I began to examine the rug. Then I spotted “Landue Working Party, 1916, Cornwall,” and I found out some of the names.
I thought of some of those who worked the rug may like to know that it kept me warm and cosy, a patient who can claim some concession with Cornwall; they will certainly be glad that their work is in regular use on board this Hospital Ship. Please say thank you to them, even if it is only MY Thanks alone.
North Hill, Oct 1916: Mrs Buckingham [mother] has lately lost her son who went down in the “Nottingham.”
St Thomas, NOV 1916: News of Service Men. We are glad to hear that Pte R Duke, Pte H Venning and Pte Horrell are doing as well as can be expected. Pte C Hillman is quite well again, and Gunner Wenmoth, who was wounded in one of the ‘Tank’ expeditions, is improving. We have good news of the men in Salonica and India: Pte F Edgcumbe may soon be sent home from —. We have favourable news of Ptes. H White, Manning, Nute, Doidge, Rundle, Hill, Dew, Box, and brothers Jury and the brothers Parkhouse. We are waiting for further news of E Parish who has been wounded the third time.
North Hill Nov, 1916: Private Cecil Kelly. The sad news came to us early in the month that Pte Cecil Kelly had been Killed In Action. His friend writes “That he died gloriously, and his death was instantaneous.” Pte Kelly spent most of his boyhood in North Hill, and is a nephew of Mrs Davey, of the Post Office. Previous to his joining up, he had been learning farming in Devon, and had gone to Australia, but he very quickly joined an Australian Contingent, and has given his life for his Country.
Boyton, Nov 1916: It is with true sorrow that we announce that Pte F Hicks, DCLI, has died of wounds received in action on the Western Front. He was one of the first to offer himself in the service of his country, having enlisted in December 1914. In May 1915, after a period of training, he proceeded to France, and with the exception of a short leave last March, continued there until last September, when he was mortally wounded on the 16th of that month.
December 1916: St Thomas: News of Service Men. Cpl. JR Manning has been wounded though not seriously we are glad to know, we may add that Manning was promoted to the rank of Corporal after admission to Hospital on the day he was wounded. Venning, Wenmoth, Horrell and Edgcumb are recovering from their wounds. Pte R Duke has made a good recovery and has been on furlough. I am sorry not to have seen the brothers Hicks, Cpl C Kingwell and Pte R Bartlett; but was glad to have a few words with A Woodman, W Rundle and the brothers Cowling.
North Tamerton News: Dec 1916: “Out of the 1,030 men that went out with the DCLI, 948 were Cornishmen.”
Stokeclimsland, Dec 1916: Roll of Honour. Alfred Bassett, CPO, HMS Savage. John Adams Cornish, Sgt. 16th Royal Warwicks. Ernest Finnemor, Pte. Gren Guards. Herbert Floyd, Stoker, HMS Defence. William Jane, Pte. DCLI. Stanley Herbert Jenkin, Tel.Op., HMS Defence.
Percy Jenkin, Pte. 7th Bn. DCLI. Edwin Serpell, Pte. Canadian E.F. Norman Spillar, HMS Monmouth. William Dymond, 4th Bn. DCLI.

1917: January, St Thomas: News of Service Men. One of the pleasures of the past month has been to meet Pte. R Dew, Cpl. CH Westlake and Gunner Wenmoth after valiant service on the Western Front, but Dew and Westlake had been sent out a long time looked remarkably well so long a time without furlough; Wenmoth’s time out was short but very thrilling; as a gunner in one of the “Tanks” Mr Wenmoth has the satisfaction of having taken part in an exploit that will not soon be forgotten. We are thankful to know that he has made a good recovery from his wounds.
Cpl. Manning is still in hospital, he has sent me a large and interesting account of his experiences in the Balkans. Pte. F Edgcumbe, in a bad state of health, is in England and is now in hospital at Bristol. Pte. WH Nute has been wounded in France, he is now in hospital in Scotland. L/Cpl. JH Sleeman, who has been in hospital at the Base, has returned to duty. Cpl. GH Hicks sends Christmas greetings, also Pte. J Reed, who misses bell-ringing. Pte. FH Whale, writing home from France, sends many thanks for smokes, and adds “I am spending a first Xmas away from Home,” Thanks for cigs from Sapper W Hicks and Pte. WO Body, Sapper J Hillman, T Hillman, JC Worth, S Pearse, Ptes. T Browning, A Breyley, and L Breyley, and L Gale; Drivers Causeley and Cowling have been on leave.
1917 Lawhitton Lawhitton Working Party. A sum of £9. 15s. 2d. was collected in the parish this Autumn for material which our workers have made into comforts for service men in hospital and in the trenches. With the addition of gifts from others in the parish who supplied their own materials, we were able to send to Mrs Davey, on December 5th: 12 Shirts; 12 Bed Jackets; 11 Waistcoats; 126 Handerchiefs; 50 Trouser` Bags; 24 Knitted Washers; 22prs Socks; 18 prs. Bed Stockings; 26 Mufflers; 8 prs. Mittens; 7 prs Cuffs. Acknowledgments for these have been received as follows: From the Hon. Lady Hawley, Hon. Sec. Queen Mary’s Needlework Guild, Friary Court, St James Palace. Dec. 11, 1916:- “I am commanded by Her Majesty to convey to you the expression of her high appreciation of your generosity, and to thank you for the splendid gift which you have been so good as to send to the O.M.N.G..”
From the Hon. Sec. Holyrood Needlework Guild, Falmouth: “We sent all your woolies by post direct to France for the men in the trenches.” Dec. 12th. 1916.
1917, Broadwoodwidger; March. News of Service Men. We have been pleased to have Pte. Froude Burnett among us for a few days leave, before returning to the Front. He had had pretty well as much of the trenches as anyone since the War began.
1917 January. Stokeclimsland: 138 pairs of Socks [with a packet of cigarettes in each] were sent by the Red Cross Working Party to the Sailors and Soldiers from this parish. With the Twelve who have laid down their lives, the total of men serving is One Hundred and Fifty.
Lewannick: June 1917: Lewannick Red Cross Working Party. Account of Work Oct-Dec, 1916.
Dispatched: Bed Jackets 3; Cardigans 10; Day Socks 14; Pants [Flannel] 25; Mufflers 11; Body Belts 3; Mittens 1; Cuffs 1; Helmets 5; Bags 22; Face Washers 5; Old Linen 1; Cushions 2; Quilt 1; Pyjamas 5; Trousers 11; Total 120 Articles, sent to Depot Oct and Nov. –
Ready for Dispatch – Pants [Flannel] 6; Socks 7; Huck Towels 12; Bags 6; Scarves 6; Skull Caps 4; Towels {Turkish] 12; Face Washers 8; Mittens 2; Total 65.
[pages for February 1917 missing; MARCH 1917: St Mary Magdalene.
Rev. TNH Smith-Pearse. The Rev TNH Smith-Pearse has been home for a fortnight’s rest after working somewhere in France, where he has been in charge of an Officer’s Hut under the control of the Y.M.C.A.
St Thomas, March 1917: News of Service Men. We are glad to hear good news has been received of Pte. WJ Trewin, Pte. R Bartlett, Cpl. GH Hicks, Gunner RJ Algate, Sapper T Hillman, and Pte. C Hillman. Thanks for comforts have been received from Pte. SW Parish, Sapper W Hicks and Pte E Chambers.
North Petherwin, Mar 1917: We are glad to here of the quick recovery of Pte SJ Davis from his serious wounds in the hospital at Malta.
St Thomas, APRIL 1917: News of Service Men. We are glad to hear that Cpl Manning, who has been in hospital a long time, is making good recovery from his wounds. On the other hand Pte. WH Nute has had to have his leg amputated; the latest news of him is “that he is progressing favourably.” I have received a letter from Pte. WH Lane.


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