The Old Library:

Remembering Bodmin

This year is the Centenary of the armistice which ended the First World War. As Remembrance Day approaches we’re reflecting on the profound honour of being the new custodians of the war memorial outside our doors, and what this means in terms of remembering the huge sacrifices made by the individuals named on its panels. 

This year we want to remember the sacrifices made not only by the fallen, but by Bodmin and her community. Being the historic home of Cornwall’s Army regiment, Bodmin has seen more than its fair share of sacrifice over the years. From the distant times of the Cornish Uprisings, the Civil War and the Napoleonic wars, to modern conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, many of Bodmin’s sons have been lost to war. The First World War saw a generation plucked from their everyday lives. Tragedies and loss must have touched almost every family in every street. When Bodmin was attacked by air during the Second World War, civilians lost their lives. Through the Cold War, the Falklands and Northern Ireland, Bodmin continued to sacrifice.  Let’s not forget the multitude of sacrifices made on a daily basis by the survivors of recent conflicts: family members of the fallen, those living with the mental and physical scars of war. Each conflict, whether in the distant past or in the modern day, casts long shadows amongst the living. This Remembrance Day we’ll be thinking of the community of Bodmin who have sacrificed. We’ll think of the men and women taken too soon by conflict, and the ones they left behind. We’ll think about what Bodmin has suffered, what it has given in return, and how we can make Bodmin a better place for the people who live on.

The Plaques

The Old Library has been at the centre of the community since its construction in the Victorian era, which is why it is no surprise that it is site of one of the town’s war memorials (others can be found at Bodmin Keep, St Petroc’s Church, Priory Park, on the main street, on the White Clock, and near Pool Street).

The inscriptions on the plaques at The Old Library can be found below. Thank you to Cornwall Family History Society and Cornwall’s War History Remembered for the additional information. Visit their website (at the bottom of this page) to find out more about the individuals listed on this memorial.  

If you have some information about a name on our memorial, or you have a story or photo to share, please do get in touch.

If you’d like to know more about Cornwall’s military history, or if you’d like to visit the museum inside Bodmin Keep, please visit the Cornwall’s Regimental Museum website.

1914 – 1918

THE GREAT WAR

G.L. YR(?) ARNALL H.

ENGR. BAWDEN S.J.

2/LT. BAWDEN L.J.

PTE. BENNEY S.H.

PTE. BRAY A.

PTE. BRAY J.

2/LT. BROWETT R.

S.SST(?) BROWETT H.W.

PTE. BROWN W.J.

SAPR. BROWNSELL R.J.

GUNR. CARTER S.L.

PTE. CREBA W.

A.B. COLLINS W.V.

A.B. COLLINS J.A.

PTE. CROCKETT W.

A.B. DANGERFIELD W.G.

G.P.O. DAVEY A.

PTE. DERRY C.

CF.ST. DOCKING R.

BO_D(?) DONEY E.J.

CAPT. EARY (M.C.) F.C.

PTE. EDWARDS W.M.

C.S.M. FENNE F.W.

PTE. FINN (V.C.) J.H.

PTE. FRAZIER N.C.

PTE. GILBERT S.

GNNR. GILL A.

A.B. GOSS W.

Q.M S. GOSS H.

PTE. GOSS H.

CPL. GREGORY J.E.

PTE. HAMBLY J.T

BRVR. HAMBLY T.G.

PTE. HAMBLY E.

PTE. HANCOCK T.

LIEUT. HARDWICK N.C.

SGT. HARRISON S.H.(?)

PTE. HAWKE G.H.

PTE. HELSON H.

PTE. HERBERT F.C.

CL.SGT. HOCKING T.F.

S._ST. HOLMAN F.P.

PTE. HOLMES G.D.

R’MAN HOSKIN W.C.

PTE. HOSKIN H.

PTE. HUGO F.

SGT. JAGO J.R.

PTE. JAGO B.

PTE. JOHNSTONE G.A.

CPL. KEAT F.

SGT. KELLY W.

PTE. KING T.J.

GUNR. KITTO H.

L’CPL. KNIGHT W.J.

2’LT LAWRANCE J.H.

PTE. LAWRY G.

PTE. LEVERTON R.A.

TRPR. LIDDELL J.C.

PTE. MANNEL W.

PTE. MATHEWS E.

A.B. MERRIFIELD C. (or G?)

SST. MERRIFIELD C.W.

CPL. MEASURES F.J.R.

PTE. MILES W.J.

TRPR. MITCHELL F.C.

P.0.I.(?) MORRIS T.H.

L’CPL. OSBORN J.

PTE. OSBORN H.

SGT. PAGE H.J.P.

PTE. PEARCE W.

L’CPL. PHILLIPS H.

PTE. POMERY J.

SGT. POOLE D.

PTE. PROUT A.H.

PTE. RADBON S. (or ‘Rabbon’)

L’CPL. REYNOLDS G.H. (or C.H.)

LN.S(_?) RICHARDS F.C.

FAR. SGT. ROACH. G.O.

PTE. ROACH F.C.

S.SGT. ROWE A.

GUNR. ROWE W.J.

PTE. ROWE J.H.

PTE. SLEEMAN T.

C.S.M. SNELL H.J.

SGT. SPRINGETT H.W.

PTE. STEPHENS (M.M.) A.E.

PTE. STEVENS J.L.

L’CPL. TANCOCK A.C.

BUG. THOMAS H.H.

PTE. THOMAS F.

PTE TREBILCOCK T.

L’CL TREGONNING L.

PTE. TREMBETH P.G.

E.R.A. TRETHEWEY E.G.

B(?)Q.M.S. TREWIN T.H.

SG. BUG. TUCKER T.A.

G.S.M. UDY W.C.

L’CPL. VENTON W.R.

SAPR. WALSH L.D.

CPL. WELLER P.

PTE. WELLINGTON A.H.

PTE. WHITING G.

TRPR. WILLS A.H.

GUNR. WILTON L.H.

L’CPL. WRIGHT H.R.

PTE. YEO W.G.

1939 – 1945

C.S.M. BEST C.W.

MAJOR BLAIR W.L.

SGT/NAV. BUSCOMBE E.G.

C/STKR. CARHART R.

P.O. EDNEY P.D.

PTE. EDWARDS H.

CPL. ELLERY S.G.

F/SGT. EVERETT F.J.

PTE. FENNE B.

L/CPL. GREEN J.G.

C.P.O. HARRIS T.H.

C/STKR. HARRIS W.E.

C/STKR. HARVEY H.

L.A.C. HEARN A.C.

PTE. HOCKING C.H.

C.P.O. JONES C.

P/O. LANDER O.J.

C.P.O. LEAN H.M.

PTE. MABIN G.H.R.

P/O. MASON T.

PTE. MARKS G.

TPR. MURLEY C.N.

CPL. MEWTON G.

DVR. MEWTON R.

F/SGT. ODGERS R.

STKR. RALPH F.R.

SGT. RICHARDS I.T.H.

BOY ROACH F.L.

PTE. SAMPSON C.W.

SIG. SARGENT R.

F/SGT. SCANTLEBURY L.E.

L/S. SEARLE L.T.

C.P.O. SOLOMON G.H.

STKR. STEPHENS A.

PTE. STEVENS T.G.

PTE. SYMONS K.G.

CFN. TAMBLYN W.

L.A.C. TEAGUE D.

GNR. THOMPSON G.G.

MECH. TURNER F.G.

C/SGT. WARNE T.H.

SUB.LT.A(?) YOUNG-JAMIESON J.

KILLED IN ACTION SINCE 1945

PRIVATE MARK HOLMAN-SMITH MAY 1982 . GOOSE GREEN . FALKLANDS

PETTY OFFICER ANDREW K PALMER MAY 1982 . H.M.S. ARDENT . FALKLANDS

PRIVATE RONALD ROWE AUG 1972 . NORTHERN IRELAND

THIS TABLET WAS ERECTED BY

BELGIAN REFUGEES

AS A TOKEN OF THEIR DEEP GRATITUDE

TO THE MAYOR AND TOWN COUNCIL,

RELIEF COMMITTEES AND

THE INHABITANTS OF BODMIN, FOR

THEIR KINDNESS AND GENEROSITY

DURING THE WAR.

1914-1915.

 

HOMMAGE DE PROFONDE GRATITUDE DES

REFUGIES BELGES A LA VILLE, AUX

COMITES ET AUX HABITANTS DE BODMIN

PENDANT LA GUERRE.

Find out more about the lives of the people listed on these memorials on the Cornwall's War History Remembered website, with thanks to the Cornwall Family History Society. 

As part of Cornwall's First World War commemorations in 2018, Collective Arts, Cornwall's Regimental Museum and Bodmin & Wenford Railway presented an intense and immersive theatrical experience: The Trench Bodmin.

As part of this incredible project, the museum produced a very special exhibition, telling the stories of 80 local men who risked everything during the 'Great War'. This exhibition is on display in the museum until the end of 2018. Find out more on their website www.cornwalls-regimentalmuseum.org

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