Devoran War memorial recreation ground, 1919

Apart from the War memorial in the churchyard,  another permanent memorial exists to the men of Devoran who fought and died in the First World War in the form of the memorial recreation ground.

Dedication stone of the Devoran War memorial ground.

Dedication stone of the Devoran War memorial ground.

The slightly faded inscription on the back of this stone seat reads:

Devoran Recreation Ground 

This land was given to Feock Parish Council by Viscount Clifton as a war memorial to the men of Devoran to be used for recreation and enjoyment of the people of Devoran for all times, 12 September 1919 

The memorial stone sits at the top of this well used stone seat in Devoran Recreation Ground , 2013

The memorial stone sits at the top of this well used stone seat in Devoran Recreation Ground , 2013

A photograph exists of the dedication ceremony showing “The Official Handover of the Playing Field in 1919” in Ralph and Marie Bird’s Devoran and Its River (Truran, 2008)

and also on the Restonguet Creek Society website http://www.restronguetcreeksociety.org/images/bsd/d17.jpg

where this photo is captioned D17. ‘The Park’ (or playing field) being given to the village by Lord Clifden 1919. Probably Mr. Cock speaking and Lord and Lady Clifden (or Clifton) on the left. Photo: Jean Lapham.

Devoran Memorial Recreation Ground today , the slope and entrance where the 1919 dedication took place.

Devoran Memorial Recreation Ground today , the slope and entrance where the 1919 dedication took place.

It is still heavily in use everyday for ‘recreation and enjoyment’ by the ‘People of Devoran’ and also for special events by Devoran Preschool and Devoran Community Association  such as the Party in The Park in July 2013.

Devoran 'Party in the Park', Devoran Recreation Ground July 2013 . The memorial seat is at the top of the slope on the left.

Devoran ‘Party in the Park’, Devoran Recreation Ground July 2013 . The memorial seat is at the top of the slope on the left.

Devoran 'Party in the Park', Devoran Recreation Ground,  July 2013 . Taken form where the dedication ceremony took place in 1919

Devoran ‘Party in the Park’, Devoran Recreation Ground, July 2013 . Taken from where the dedication ceremony took place in 1919.

The Lanhydrock estate of Viscount Clifden (or Clifton as the plaque says) lost their own men in the war, including a Lanhydrock son and heir, Cornish MP Tommy Agar-Robartes. He is remembered in a stained glass window memorial ‘up country’.

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