St. Merryn Church & War Memorial


Early in World War II, the civilian airfield at St. Merryn was requisitioned by the Admiralty and became St. Merryn Fleet Air Arm Station.  The Fleet Air Arm operated from H.M.S. Vulture, as the Station was called, until 1952, when it was re-commissioned as H.M.S. Curlew and used by the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, mainly for ground training, until 1956, when it was finally closed.  Many of the burials in the military plot pictured here are men from the Station who died during those years; you will notice the slight difference between the headstones of those who died during the war and those who died later.









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4 Responses to St. Merryn Church & War Memorial

  1. Gavin Howard says:

    I am trying to find some information on a RN Officer David Baxter Enever killed on 20th April 1953 whilst serving at HMS Curlew Naval Air Station .What happened to him and is there a memorial to him anywhere?

  2. Ian Robinson says:

    I have just stumbled across this website having Googled the name of David Baxter Enever and HMS Curlew. He is a name that is on my rather loosely-linked family tree record. I have no information that can help you other than there is a living niece and possibly a nephew (children of his sister Diana – often known as Dinah). I do have a close family relative who is in contact with the niece and she may be willing to share some contact details if you are interested. Of course, I cannot offer any assurance that she will want to share those details and also, she may have no knowledge of her uncle’s demise as she was born after 1953 (the year of his death).

    • Magicfingers says:

      Hello Ian. Well, I’m glad you stumbled. Kind of you to comment, and hopefully Gavin might return at some point. People often do.

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