Sadly the church was shut…
…and I include this photo only because I suspect Benjamin was probably one of the many miners who left these parts for foreign lands and never returned.
Past the church, down these steps…
…and across the road, the churchyard proves well worth a visit.
I couldn’t find any info on “Guilval”, until i took a look at the inscription on the war memorial, and the name seemed to be “Gulval”. When I did a search with that name, I got the correct info (church looks exactly the same).
Sometimes my own ineptitude staggers me! Thanks for the heads-up Chris. Have corrected. And really pleased to know that some people do look at the ‘Blighty’ posts (Baldrick, for example, can’t be doing with them) other than people local to the area I happen to be photographing.
Funnily enough, as you have made me take a further look at this post, I realised that the final two photos actually didn’t make sense. Charles Gordon who? Well, Charles Gordon Wren, actually. I have added a photo (three from the end) of the front of this memorial which now makes sense of the last two photos. So thanks again!
Looking at the memorial (both the WWI and WWII side), Some names attracted my attention. On the WI side, it seems that there were 2 couples of relatives were killed;
Robert and William Noble, the others Edward and Thomas Noy. Of course I do not know if they were related.
On the other hand, on the WWI side, a Mr Bolitho is mentioned, but on the WWII side there’s also a Mr Bolitho. Relatives or not?
Almost certainly related, Chris. The Bolithos could well be father and son. Not unusual in the West Country (and elsewhere) – you’ll find similar on other Cornwall war memorials on this site.