Lelant soldiers who died in World War II
© Maxwell Adams 2003-2015
Version 27 January 2015
Much of the information is from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and is their copyright, reproduced here with permission. Ted Lever also provided some of the information.
Sixteen men (marked *) are commemorated on the Lelant war memorial, along with men from World War I. Harry SMITH, Robert Ramsay TETT, and Hugh Kingsley TREWHELLA are also recorded in this list. Those marked + are commemorated as men of Carbis Bay on the plaque in Carbis Bay memorial hall.
Edward ANDERSON *
Military Cross, lieutenant 66670 Royal Engineers, died 39 August 1944, buried Evreux communal cemetery, row B, grave 29 (CWGC).
Edward ASQUITH * +
Lieutenant 128991 Royal Army Pay Corps, died 8 December 1942 aged forty five. Son of Joshua and Eva ASQUITH, husband of Nellie ASQUITH of Leeds, Yorkshire. Buried Lelant Eastern Cemetery (CWGC).
Edward CURNOW * +
Lieutenant 224183 Royal Army Service Corps, died 4 December 1942 aged forty one. Buried Yaba cemetery, Lagos, Nigeria, plot 4, row E, grave 6 (CWGC). Born in St Ives; he and his wife lived in Lelant then Carbis Bay. Died of illness.
Diarmid Sherbrooke DUNFORD-WOOD *
Flying officer 40215 pilot, 21 Bombing Squadron, Royal Air Force, died 8 June 1940 aged twenty six. Son of Joseph and Margaret McNaughton (Meta) DUNFORD-WOOD, husband of Peggy Joan DUNFORD-WOOD, nee FARLOW, of Clapham Park, London. Buried Abbeville communal cemetery, plot 8, row A, joint grave 8-9 (CWGC). His mother, a widow, lived at Duluth, Lelant (now called Towans Farmhouse, Church Road, Lelant) during the war. The Times has in memoriam notices 22 March 1941 and 8 June 1942 and a birth notice for his daughter 24 August 1940.
Corporal 14247740 1/4th Battalion, Hampshire Regiment, died 8 October 1944 aged twenty six. Son of Richard R and Hettie L EDWARDS of St Ives. Buried Assisi cemetery, 11.B.2 (CWGC).The family, including Daniel, lived at Fernbank, Fore Street, Lelant.
Joycelyn Gillichrist MacNAGHTEN *
Lieutenant 642 Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Died 9 June 1943. Commemorated Portsmouth Naval Memorial, panel 80, column 1 (CWGC). Lived at Rosedale, 4 Mount Pleasant, Lelant.
John Harold MUDGE *
Second lieutenant 126764 Royal Artillery, died 30 June 1940, aged twenty. Son of Richard Harold and Evelyn Gwendoline MUDGE of Lelant (CWGC). Accidentally shot (St Ives Times 5 July 1940). Buried in the Eastern Cemetery, Lelant.
Kitchener Wendle PAUL *
Sergeant 1380882, 218 Squadron, RAF Volunteer Reserve. Wireless operator and gunner (CWGC). Killed when his aeroplane crashed outside Kings Lynn 23 April 1942; he was twenty seven (St Ives Times 27 April 1942). His parents lived at St Erth and he is buried in the churchyard there. He had lived at Abbey Cottage, Lelant.
William B PAUL*
Stevens PAYNTER *
Leading steward LT/S 63705, HM Trawler Ellesmere, RN Patrol Service, died 24 February 1945 when his boat was sunk in the English Channel; he was twenty six (St Ives Times 9 March 1945). His wife, Hazel Paynter, lived at Chapel Cottages, Lelant. Commemorated Lowestoft Naval Memorial, panel 17, column 3 (CWGC).
Oliver Thomas Morton RAYMONT * +
Major, 1st battalion Royal Welch Fusiliers, service number 47192. Born 1909, died 16 May 1940. Buried Heverlee war cemetery, Vlaams Brabant, Belgium. Parents, Thomas and Marion Morton Raymont of Carbis Bay. BA, Pembroke College, Oxford University.(CWGC)
REYNOLDS * +
Lieutenant 87033, 200 Field Company, Royal Engineers, died 7 May 1940. Son of Henry Osborne and Dora REYNOLDS. Buried Lille Southern Cemetery, plot 6, row C, grave 10 (CWGC).
Henry REYNOLDS * +
Lieutenant 172243, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (1st Battalion), died 2 April 1944 aged twenty three. Son of Henry Osborne and Dora REYNOLDS of Carbis Bay. Buried Beach Head War Cemetery, Anzio, VIII.G.8(CWGC).
Eric Joseph RUSHBROOKE * +
Born 20 December 1921, Wokingham registration district. Pilot officer 60816, 105 Squadron, RAF Volunteer Reserve, stationed at RAF Swanton Morley, Norfolk, killed in action 25 May 1941. Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, panel 34 (CWGC); and on the grave of his parents in southern burial ground of St Uny's church, Lelant. His parents were Major Charles Joseph Rushbrooke HAC (Honorable Artillery Company) and Elizabeth Winifred Rushbrooke nee Holman. PRO AIR27/826 gives details of the operations of 105 Squadron and Rushbrooke (information from Ted Lever). Commemorated on the war memorial plaque in St Peter's church, Earley, Berkshire (information from Helen Richmond to Maxwell Adams January 2015). His parents lived in Earley at the time of his death. Obituary in Times 18 February 1942, page 1:"Missing since May 1941, officially presumed killed".
Sergeant 5247955, Worcester Regiment, died 13 April 1942 (CWGC). His grave is in the Eastern Cemetery, Lelant. Wife buried there too: Madryn Sarah Smith (1913-1980), died Carbis Bay.
Midshipman, Royal Naval Reserve, on HMS Wild Swan , killed on active service on 1 March 1940. He is commemorated on panel 44, column 1 of the Royal Naval Memorial, Portsmouth (CWGC). He is also commemorated on the grave of his parents, George William and Avis Kathleen TETT of Carbis Bay in the Eastern cemetery, Lelant.
Flight-Sergeant 614269, W.Op./Air Gnr., 150th Squadron, RAF. Killed in action, aged twenty one, buried in the British Military Cemetery, Germany (gravestone at Lelant of his parents, Harry Benny and Olivia Winifed Maddern TREWHELLA, on which he is commemorated). Died 11 May 1941, buried in Becklingen War Cemetery, Soltau, Lower Saxony, Germany (CWGC).
T UREN *
The name of the village war memoriaL is William J UREN. However, I think he might be William T UREN who was a stoker petty officer D/KK 77861 on HMS Gipsy, a Royal Navy destroyer. Died 21 November 1939 aged thirty when the ship struck a mine off Harwich, Suffolk. Buried in the naval cemetery at St Mary's church, Shotley, Suffolk: section N, grave 17. His wife was Winifred UREN of Penzance and his parents James B and Alic UREN (CWGC). He is also commemorated on Ludgvan war memorial.
Charles WILTON *
Aircraftman 1st class 1407563 RAF Volunteer Reserve, died 13 July 1945, aged thirty four. Son of John Henry and Beatrice Grace WILTON; husband of Sarah Ann WILTON of St Ives. Commemorated Jakarta War Cemetery, Indonesia, 3.G.6 (CWGC). Grave plaque inscription "Ever remembered by Sarah, Clive, and John".