News & Updates

The new panel on the Devoran War Memorial, listing two new WW1 Devoran casualty names P.A. Sweet and W.J. Hoyle, thanks to work / research by Bob Richards and the Feock Parish Council.

The new panel on the Devoran War Memorial, listing two new WW1 Devoran casualty names P.A. Sweet and W.J. Hoyle, thanks to work / research by Bob Richards and the Feock Parish Council.

In September 2015 it will be 100 years ago since the last train ran along the Redruth and Chasewater Railway to Devoran. One of the railway buildings quickly became the Village Hall and there are plans to mark the last running in September 1915 and the varied life of the Village Hall over the last 100 years with events for all the family.

There is a meeting organised by the Community Association and the Devoran Village Hall Committee at the Village Hall to discuss plans on Friday 23rd January 2014,7.30 pm. All are welcome and memorabilia of the many varied activities of the Village Hall is sought.

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From the Devoran Parish News 43/4, August to September 2014:

“People all over the country will be marking the start of the First World War 100 years ago on the 4th August. For many it will be a personal remembrance of family and friends who participated in the war over four years before peace was restored. There will be an opportunity to make your own remembrance at Devoran Parish Church any time during the day with some prayers and readings available to help you if you so wish.”

I have returned Tony Dyson’s 2007 purple folder of research into the Devoran War Memorial back to Devoran Church, along with the updated version that Bob Richards and I worked on for the Poppies Coffee Morning, so hopefully these will be of some use and interest on the day.
Mark Norris, Devoran War Memorial project.

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Event photos from Poppies Coffee Morning 19 July 2014, 10 am to 12 noon.
Devoran Village Hall, Quay Road, Devoran.

Rev. Margaret Saville unveiling the Handmade poppies framing the WW1 roll of Honour, Devoran Village Hall, 19 July 2014.

Rev. Margaret Saville unveiling the Handmade poppies framing the WW1 roll of Honour, Devoran Village Hall, 19 July 2014.

As the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WWI approaches the roll of honour in the village hall will be decorated with handmade poppies. The poppies were unveiled by the Rev Margaret Saville, at 11.00am, who read John McCrae’s Poppy poem In Flanders Fields :

The newly unveiled handmade poppies made by Ann, Esther and others garland the Roll of Honour,  Poppies Coffee morning, Devoran Village Hall, 19 July 2014

The newly unveiled handmade poppies made by Ann, Esther and others garland the Roll of Honour, Poppies Coffee morning, Devoran Village Hall, 19 July 2014

The roll of honour lists all those men from the parish of Devoran who served in WW1 – see more on our blog post on the Roll of Honour.

A few of the simple biographies of each WW1 casualty from Devoran. Poppies Coffee Morning , Devoran Village Hall 19 July 2014

A few of the simple biographies of each WW1 casualty from Devoran. Poppies Coffee Morning , Devoran Village Hall 19 July 2014

The unveiling of the handmade poppies was followed by a short talk from Parish Councillor Bob Richards on his war memorial research.

Bob Richards talks at the coffee morning about the WW1 casualties, Poppies Coffee Morning, Devoran Village Hall, 19 July 2014

Bob Richards talks at the coffee morning about the WW1 casualties, Poppies Coffee Morning, Devoran Village Hall, 19 July 2014

There was also a ‘Bring and Buy’ stall and raffle for the ongoing Village Hall Restoration fund and a display of WWI memorabilia.

Ann Cunningham's family collection of photos and beautiful silk WW1 postcards, Devoran Village Hall, 19 July 2014

Ann Cunningham’s family collection of photos and beautiful silk WW1 postcards, Devoran Village Hall, 19 July 2014

Some of my collection of reproduction wartime WW1 posters and original magazines on display, Poppies Coffee Morning, Devoran Village Hall, 19 July 2014

Some of my collection of reproduction wartime WW1 posters and original magazines on display, Poppies Coffee Morning, Devoran Village Hall, 19 July 2014

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See more / keep updated on the Devoran Village Hall Facebook Page. https://www.facebook.com/events/629564557135065/
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June 2014 – Bob Richards on behalf of Feock Parish Council has been looking at any missing names from WW1 and WW2 that may be added to the Memorial as part of the commemoration of the WW1 centenary http://www.1914.org.

So far it looks like Percy Sweet  and W.J.Hoyle (or Moyle) will be two names added to the WW1 names.

Several ‘missing’ WW2 names are being considered.

You can read more about Devoran related WW1 and WW2 casualties not recorded on the granite war memorial at present on the following blog post. 

Keep a watch for more news on memorial events  or exhibitions in summer  and autumn 2014 on this page or visit the Devoran Village Hall website etc.

In particular we are keen to locate family photographs of the casualties to put names to faces.

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4 thoughts on “News & Updates

  1. Beverley Shackleton

    Hi, wonderful to come across this site when I was researching my great grandad:

    William John Dunstan 2352/ST, Engineman, Royal Naval Reserve, HM Trawler Pintail, died aged 45 on 24 December 1917. He is buried in plot 40.3.5 Brest Kerfautras Cemetery, Finisterre, France.
    The CWGC website lists him as husband of Juliana Dunstan of 6 Chapel Terrace, Devoran. William was born in Hayle, Phillick (Phillack?) in Cornwall in 1874. In the 1911 census he is listed as “Fireman Steamship” living at Chapel Terrace, Devoran. In the 1901 census he is a single 26 year old man, a fireman aboard the Steamship Erimus, a frequent visitor to Devoran’s mineral quays.

    I mostly grew up in Devoran. I remember Miss Webber, the teacher, who you mention. I also remember our post lady who also ran the Post Office who was called Joyce. I also remember the butchers van visiting weekly. My grandparents were Eddie and Phyllis Dunstan of Chapel Terrace. I had family who lived at Greenbank as well. Many’s the happy day I spent out in the boat with my grandad or hanging around on the Quay. My parents and grandparents were both married at Devoran Church. I had a wonderful childhood in Devoran and have bundles of old photos from early 1900s, just not sure who is who in a lot of them.

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    1. worldwarzoogardener1939 Post author

      Thanks for adding your memories to the site – I expect Bob Richards and others in the village might be able to help recognise some of the people in the photos. During the recent Railway Centenary Festival organised by Ann Cunningham as part of the Village Hall refurbishment, there was a fabulous display of photos and some turned up scanned onto Facebook. One or two of these I had seen in Ralph and Marie Bird’s photographic history Devoran and Its River (Truman, 2008)

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      1. Beverley Shackleton

        I ordered Devoran and Its River from Amazon after exploring your site and have been really enjoying it. Such an amazing source of information. Amazing that so many pictures are so well named in detail. Just looking through it and knowing I’m probably looking at some of my ancestors. I’m encouraged to sort out my old Devoran photos and will do so and scan them in the hope they may be of interest to others. I’ll be in touch when my project is finished. So nice to hear back from you.

      2. worldwarzoogardener1939 Post author

        Hopefully Willie Dunstan’s picture may be amongst them. Not sure what sort of naval uniform they would wear on an armed minesweeping trawler. Mark, Devoran War Memorial Project blog.

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