Pendeen Cemetery & War Memorial

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Pendeen Cemetery.  The war memorial is in the centre of the photo at the end of the path, but we shall take a look around the cemetery first.  As I mentioned in the previous Pendeen post, some of the headstones we shall visit here are those of miners who lost their lives plying their trade deep beneath the Cornish earth.

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Of course, mining was a reserved occupation during the Great War; the miners were required at home to supply the ever-expanding needs of war-time industry.  Apart, that is, from those whose expertise was needed overseas, where, from 1915 onwards, underground warfare was taking a more and more prominent role beneath the shell craters of No-Man’s Land.

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Which makes the fate of the 31 men, like James Vingoe Trembath, who died in the Levant mine disaster on 20th October 1919, and whose grave is pictured here, all the more poignant.  Although I don’t know for sure, men who had survived the horrors of the war beneath the trenches probably died that dreadful day when the man engine collapsed down the shaft, taking its human cargo with it.

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A lone South African, a long, long way from home.  His date of death is two years after the war’s end, and I wonder why he was still in this country at that time.  I can’t imagine there are very many later South African First World War burials over here.

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And so to Pendeen war memorial:

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3 Responses to Pendeen Cemetery & War Memorial

  1. hi my name is Tracy i am a Cornish Mining Researcher i am researching the Wheal Owls mining disaster of 1893 i am looking to find a local miner call James Hall also went by the name Farmer James Hall, he was a witness to the mining disaster. i am looking to find his grave stone and also any additional information regarding him. anything information received would be treated in confident and would not be passed on and full credit will be given. this is not for a collage project or university course work it a interest that i have, look forward to hearing from you

    Tracy Williams

    • Magicfingers says:

      Tracy, I wish I could help but I’m just a visitor to Cornwall a couple of times a year, so I don’t think I’m much use to you. Let’s hope this page is read by someone who is.

    • pamela urquhart says:

      If your relative was buried in Pendeen Churchyard, you should be able to find that on COPC website, Genuki or Pendeen Churchyard which will give you all burials from about 1837. Pam Urquhart, Toronto, Canada

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