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17 Features
Sergeant Charles Pryor Dies in Mesopotamia   (22 December 1915)

The war aganist the Turks in Mesopotamia claimed the lives of several Pendeen men, among then Charles Pryor of Bojewyan Stennack.

A Pendeen Boy's Call-up - Richard Trathen - A Diaspora Story   (22 September 1917)

Today is the 100th anniversary of the day Richard Trathen was called up to serve in the army. Not the British Army, Richard Trathen was a Pendeen boy who gone to Grass valley, California in search of work and the joining the U.S. Army. 

Dedication of the St Just War Memorial   (30 August 1931)

On Sunday 30th August 1931 the St Just War Memorial was dedicated. Why did St Just have to wait so long for a public memorial to its war dead?

John Leggo's War   (23 August 1914)

Private John Leggo of St Just was killed on 23 August 1914, the British army's first day of fighting on the Western Front. He was 24 years old, one of the first of many Cornishmen to die in World War One, a war which saw 7.2 million battlefield deaths.

Stranger Danger: Penwith at War   (12 August 1914)

Tourists in court for taking pictures at Land's End, foreign sailors interned, suspicion and zenophobia rife and prices rising. It's all change now war has been declared!

Britain Declares War on Germany   (4 August 1914)

On 4th Auhust 1914, as clocks around the country struck 11pm, Britain entered into a state of war with Germany. At 11.02pm First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill, send a telegram to the Fleet, “Commence hostilities against Germany”.

William Maddern Eddy - missing in action   (7 June 1917)

William Maddern Eddy, Private 54172 Durham Light Infantry, son of John and Constance Eddy of Carnyorth. Born 1897, missing presumed dead 7 June 1917. 

Hats, Housekeeping and Beating the Hun   (25 May 1916)

Spring 1916 but not a lot to smile about with the war grinding on and on and the casualty lists growing longer and longer. But this after, in St John's Hall, Mrs Tupper will be openig the Patriotic Housekeeping Exhibition........

Harold Morris Enlists   (24 April 1915)

Harold Morris was the third of the four sons of Richard and Charlotte Morris of 5 Boswedden Road, St Just. He is one of the forgotten men of World War One, those who survived and whose names appear on no war memorials.

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Penwith Local History Group

c/o Morrab Library
Morrab Gardens
Penzance, Cornwall
TR18 4DA

Penwith Local History Group, Penzance, Cornwall
Penwith Local History Group
Penzance, Cornwall

The Morrab Library showing the new extension
The Morrab Library showing the new extension.
Photo Glyn Richards

<br>Marazion from St Michael's Mount., Penwith Local History Group
This month's featured photograph:

Marazion from St Michael's Mount.

Photograph by Ted Mole

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<br>Coastline near Zennor., Penwith Local History Group<br>Chysauster looking east to Mulfra Hill., Penwith Local History Group<br>St Michael's Mount from the Coast Path by Penzance station., Penwith Local History Group<br>Greenburrow Engine House, Ding Dong Mine., Penwith Local History Group<br>Marazion from St Michael's Mount, Trencrom on skyline., Penwith Local History Group<br>Three of the Nine Maidens, Zennor Hill in background., Penwith Local History Group<br>Levant Mine from the south showing the leat in the foreground, left to right the calciner, stamps and compressor stacks and the whim and pumping engine houses in the centre with the Skip Shaft headframe., Penwith Local History Group<br>Higher Bal, Levant Mine. Engine house for dual purpose pumping and winding engine. Stonecrop in foreground., Penwith Local History Group<br>Causeway to St Michael's Mount on the ebb tide., Penwith Local History Group<br>Men-an-Tol., Penwith Local History Group<br>The Nine Maidens Stone Circle., Penwith Local History Group