Bodmin – D.C.L.I. War Memorial

The Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry War Memorial in Bodmin.  The building behind, known as the Keep, once housed the barracks of the D.C.L.I. and is now a museum, unfortunately closed when I visited.  There seems to be a recurring theme here.  Anyway, to quote MacArthur, I shall return.







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11 Responses to Bodmin – D.C.L.I. War Memorial

  1. Sophie Hodge says:

    Thank you for making this post, wonderful photographs!
    I hope that you managed to visit the museum in the end – we are now open 7 days a week during the main season, so you have a better chance of finding us open now!
    In case you find it interesting – the memorial monument above was unveiled by the Prince of Wales in 1924, and reminds us of the battles in which the Regiment fought. The war memorial is by well-known sculptor L S Merrifield, and the soldier was modelled on William Harvey Triggs, who also modelled for the Newlyn School artist Stanhope Forbes.
    We hope to see you in the museum sometime. In the meantime please feel free to have a look at our website and social media – Cornwall’s Regimental Museum @BodminKeep.

    • Magicfingers says:

      Hello Sophie. Thanks ever so much for your kind comments. And no, I have still to visit your museum – I tend to pass through on a Sunday, but that seems to be okay now from what you say. What times are you open on a Sunday in June, which will be the next time I pass by? I would very much like to have a look around if I get the chance. And thank you for the information about the memorial too.

      • Sophie Hodge says:

        My pleasure!
        We are open 10:00- 5:00 every day until the end of the season (last entry is at 4:30). We hope to see you in June!

        • Magicfingers says:

          Thanks. Look forward to it!

          • Magicfingers says:

            Didn’t make it, did I?! Mainly because traffic forced us on to the ‘lower’ road so we missed Bodmin entirely. But I will visit one day. Next time I hope.

          • Sophie Hodge says:

            Oh no! I’m so sorry to hear that. The roadworks are due to be finished in the next couple of weeks, and we’re not going anywhere soon!
            Check our opening dates and times on the website, they will change for the winter season but we are open all year round. I’m sure you’ll find the perfect day to visit us! In fact, Bodmin has 6 attractions (that’s more than any other Cornish town) – including the largest church in Cornwall (after Truro Cathedral) so you really could make a day of it!
            We look forward to seeing you sometime!

  2. Magicfingers says:

    Sophie, I had an interesting comment yesterday, and you’ll have to forgive me, but I suggested he might contact you:

  3. Kenneth Hall says:

    Hi, William Harvey Triggs is my granduncle, not sure if this is known or not but i was told by my mum that when he was asked to model for the statue he no longer had his uniform and had to borrow his brothers.

    • Magicfingers says:

      Hello Kenneth – fascinating stuff. I love stories like that! Thank you!

      • Kenneth Hall says:

        William Harvey Triggs
        It’s just another little bit of trivia if someone asks who it is.
        Quick question, could you possibly advise as to where i could find information on Williams army service?
        Thanks in advance.

        • Magicfingers says:

          Well first of all I would get in touch with the museum – he is mentioned on their website so I cannot believe that they don’t have more information on him. However his papers, if they still exist, are probably at the National Archives – he must have joined up just after the war, bearing in mind his age. I should email them.

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