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July 8, 2010

So far, one Radio and four TV stations have featured the Penhale Camp story today, all with a different emphasis.

Not only is this the first time that the story has been broadcast, it is only now that most of the families have found out how their boys died.

  • Coming so soon after Dunkirk, it was felt at the time that the story would be bad for morale nationally and the tragedy was kept secret even from the soldiers’ families.
  • Some have only just learned where their brothers and fathers were buried and they will be traveling soon to say their belated goodbyes to the boys and men who lost their lives 70 years ago.

For all this time, the villagers of Perranporth have paid their respects to these soldiers with an annual memorial service and parade.

  • Remembering that they survived the horrors of Dunkirk and Calais only to meet with their deaths on home ground.
  • Although this will be the last dedicated remembrance service, Perranporth will continue to remember the sacrifice that these soldiers and their families made, as part of the national Armed Forces Day.

LTV and Radio coverage – July 7th 2010 – on search for soldier’s relatives and the story of what happened at Penhale Camp 70 years ago on 7th July 1940.

1. Scottish Television News…

2. ITV Wales (you have to sit through a short Toyota advert first!)

3. South West TV (Cornwall)

4. Radio Scotland. (Set the clock to 1.50.00).

5. BBC Scotland
Available for 24 hours only…

It is thanks to the relentless efforts of Stuart Gray over the last year, tracing the families and drumming up publicity, that this story has finally been told.

Many thanks for any help you can give in searching for relatives.

Best wishes,

Liz Panton

3 Comments leave one →
  1. geoffrey sutherland permalink
    July 16, 2010 10:02 pm

    my mother witnesed the bombing as she walked down from her home at Trebeling farm(now the smugglers pub)along the path to Ellenglaze. She later married my father who was a mechanic with a AA unit,how allso came back from Dunkirk.i think thay met in Truro,but he could of been at Penhale camp .my mum told me the story of the bombing when i was young,

  2. Liz Panton permalink
    July 16, 2010 10:51 pm

    Geoffrey,That must have been a terrible thing for your mum to see. Stuart Gray has the names of all the soldiers who were at Penhale Camp at that time. I will ask Stuart there is a Sutherland on his list and will let you know what he says.Best wishes,Liz

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