Lottery funds help Penryn WWI commemorations

Chas Wenmoth of Penryn Royal British Legion, Shirley Richards, museum caretaker and Tony Denny, museum volunteer Front l-r Piran Glasby, who is doing his own family tree and history of WWI, Gracie Glasby, and Margaret Williams from Penryn Women's Institut

Chas Wenmoth of Penryn Royal British Legion, Shirley Richards, museum caretaker and Tony Denny, museum volunteer Front l-r Piran Glasby, who is doing his own family tree and history of WWI, Gracie Glasby, and Margaret Williams from Penryn Women's Institut

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The group organising Penryn's World War One commemorations have received a funding boost from  the National Lottery to help with its programme over the next four years.

Penryn World War One Remembered has received £3,000 to help with a series of initiatives to mark the hundredth anniversary of the war, which will run from 2014 to 2019.

The funding will allow a project to go ahead in which students from Penryn College will build a scale model of a Great War tank, and it will also support the screening in the Temperance Hall of World War I films.

It will also allow the committee to have 1,500 books made for the children of the town, documenting the group's work in researching the history of Penryn during the war, the local war graves, and a reconstruction in April of the time 1,000 troops left from the train station.

The group has already started displaying artefacts in Penryn Museum, which will be on view throughout the four commemorative years, which have been collected from a variety of sources.

Chas Wenmoth of the Penryn Branch of the Royal British Legion said: “All this is on loan from the museum or the families, and we need to make sure it's all recorded.

“We're adding all the servicemen to the Lives of the First World War site of the Imperial War Museum, we're adding all the names we can from Penryn.”

To mark the 100 year anniversary of Britain's declaration of war on August 4, St Gluvias church in Penryn rang 100 strokes of the tenor bell followed by a peal of muffled bells, and held a vigil with prayers and candles.

Chas added that anybody with any material dating from the time of the war is invited to bring it to him to help trace their family history as part of his Who Do You Think You Were project. He can be contacted on penrynww1@gmail.com.

 

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