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A fond, final farewell to the Penhale bomb victims as 70th anniversary marks closure

July 26, 2010

A final farewell to the Penhale bomb victims as 70th anniversary marks closure

 

Medals were worn proudly at the event

 

A fond farewell has been given to an event that has annually honoured fallen, veterans and currently serving military personnel.

On Saturday, in perfect summer weather, the final Perranporth Veterans’ Day took place and the 70th anniversary of the bombing of the Penhale camp was remembered.

In July 1940, 22 men from the 58th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment sent to recuperate at the camp a few weeks after surviving the German attack during the evacuation of Dunkirk were killed after a lone German plane dropped four bombs on the camp.

Relatives

Stuart Gray, the son of one of the survivors, had traced relatives of those who died and they travelled to Perranporth for the event.

Mr Gray said: “I managed to find relatives of 19 of the 22 who were killed, and 13 of the families came along.”

A veterans’ committee has organised the event for the past three years, led by Commander Ian Inskip, after it was started in the 1990s by Frank Tyrer, who served as a Spitfire mechanic at RAF Perranporth during the war. But the closure of Penhale Camp has meant that the financial support from the Army has come to an end.

Co-ordinator of the veterans’ committee, Frances White, said: “The day went like clock-work and the weather was glorious. The committee would like to thank all the sponsors and local businesses that donated money and raffle prizes to support the event, helping to ensure the day went ahead.”

The parade, which included serving personnel, newly-qualified recruits from HMS Raleigh, veterans and standards, cadets, the emergency services, civilian organisations such as the RNLI, and local schoolchildren, was led by the RNAS Culdrose Volunteer Band and the St Agnes Band to and from the Inner Green where Lady Mary Holborow, the Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, gave an address and presented Bernie Porter, from Perranporth, with his veterans’ badge.

The parade marshal was Peter Paice and the 13 standard bearers were led by Pat Jephcote, with Bill Bishop the bugler. A service was given by the Rev Jeremy Andrew, vicar at Perranzabuloe Church. He said: “It is very important to remember those who have offered their lives in service and those who are still serving.

“It has been a very moving event.”

Lunch, prepared by the Perranporth Women’s Institute for the marchers, followed in the Memorial Hall and in the afternoon various bands, Perranporth School Cornish dancers and the Cornwall Military Vehicles Trust entertained visitors, with the Royal British Legion (RBL), ShelterBox and the RNLI having stalls on the Inner Green, with Redruth Town Band performing at a concert in the evening.

Graves

This year marks the end of the RBL Perranporth branch, and it was the final time that its standard will be on parade.

It was laid up at Perranzabuloe Church, at a service on Sunday that included the laying of wreaths at the graves of those killed in Penhale.

Once the event costs have been covered all surplus money raised will be shared between The British Legless Ex-Servicemen’s Association and the Royal British Legion.

Closure for some of the relatives too, with many thanks to Stuart Gray’s determination to find them in time to attend the final remembrance service.

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  1. March 14, 2012 3:13 pm

    This site was moved from Posterous on 13-14 March 2012. This post was viewed 1,600 times on Posterous.

  2. judson permalink
    September 14, 2015 3:49 am

    Interesting article . I learned a lot from the details ! Does anyone know if I can find a fillable ED General Forbearance Request document to edit ?

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