Cornwall’s War History Online
The Cornwall Family History Society has just launched a free on-line web site on. Cornwall's War History can be seen by clicking this link
It contains a comprehensive list of all Cornishmen and Women, who served in both World Wars and/or were the casualties of these wars, whether killed in the bombing of the UK's cities, or serving as Auxiliary Fire Fighters, Air Raid Wardens, Police Officers or Nurses here in Cornwall, including the death of a two week old child in the bombing of Penzance.
The website has the details of every ship sunk through hostile action during each war with Cornishmen aboard, the location and time and date of the incident or action. Just click on the image of each ship and it will open with each Cornishman on board). It contains lists of Merchant Navy Ships sunk with Cornishmen on board.
It has details of each Cornish soldier that became a casualty in the field, whatever and wherever his Regiment, Battalion or Corps, their enlistment dates, theatre served, along with their photograph, pictures of their honours and awards and campaign medals, photographs of their burial site, headstones and inclusion on War Memorials, (if recorded, as not all Family wished their Son's names on such memorials as a constant reminder of
their loss and elected not to have them so recorded).
It has lists and maps of each Airfield in Cornwall, and those who served at these locations, of Airmen lost within the UK and in hostilities overseas and aircraft flown.
It also includes the war graves of Commonwealth Cornish Military, Australian-Cornish, Canadian-Cornish, New Zealand-Cornish, casualties buried here in Cornwall and of Indian Army and German casualties of War buried here.
It has a comprehensive list of Church Rolls of Honour of those who served and returned.
It has vast lists of father and son casualties, brothers, killed including a pair of twins on the same day, the average age of war casualties and family status. Note, not all towns and villages would entertain the names of women casualties on their local War Memorials!
More information can be obtained from:
Cornwall Family History Society
18 Lemon Street
From: The WMN
YEARS of research by the Cornwall Family History Society has culminated in a unique archive to honour Cornish people who died in two world wars and subsequent conflicts.
The archive has been uploaded onto a new free website, www.cornwallswarhistory.co.uk – which was launched this week by the society's president, Lady Mary Holborow, at Cornwall's Military Museum in Bodmin.
Almost 11,000 people are listed in the archive, and there are also maps of bombing raids in Cornwall, locations of ships sunk with Cornish crew aboard, as well as sites of airfields and prisoner of war camps.
Ann Hicks, the society's chairman, said the massive project started using names from war memorials and war and family graves scattered throughout the county and it was still continuing.
"With almost 10,800 men, women and children researched from the First World War to the conflicts of the present day, we hope it will prove to be the most comprehensive compilation of Cornish war history ever assembled," said Mrs Hicks.
"We have also identified many of our Allied service people who met their deaths in or around Cornwall and are buried throughout the county, including French, Dutch, Danes, Australians and Americans. There are even a few German military graves in Cornwall.
"To date we have identified 191 sets of brothers. Some consist of three, four or five brothers, as well as ten sets of fathers and sons. This demonstrates the massive impact on our county of the First World War."
Thirteen Cornishmen were killed in action just 32 hours after the UK declared war in August 1914. They were crew members of HMS Amphion, a cruiser which struck a German mine off Harwich at 6.30am on August 6, with the loss of 151 men.
Regarded as the first British casualties of the war, those from Cornwall who died were: Carl Adams, of Tuckingmill; George Bearne, of Lostwithiel; Jerome Cann, of Tintagel; Walter Edgcumbe, of Saltash; Charles Granger, of Dobwalls; Charles Hender, of Torpoint; William Knight, of Saltash; Robert Macey, of Antony; Fred Michell, of Madron; William Mullen, of Pensilva; Charles Oliver, of Landrake; Thomas Tancock, of Lostwithiel, and Edwards Williams, of Antony.
Based on the website data, the society will be providing the names of those who died, month by month, to Truro Cathedral from July so they can be remembered in prayers on the 100th anniversary of their deaths.
Mrs Hicks said: "We doubt that the project will ever be finished, but individuals will continue to be added. We have several names from war memorials that we are unable to trace.
"It has been a life-changing project for us, and very much a labour of love, and we want to very much thank everyone who has helped bring this germ of a crazy idea to something that has given us even more pride in our county."
Read more at http://www.cornishguardian.co.uk/line-archive-war-dead/story-21253775-detail/story.html#LMD0bJWg8XOmBAUZ.99
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