Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Cornwall in the First World War

During this month, each weekday I'm posting a different image showing Cornwall's First World War.

Today, one small Cornish community is unique. 

The parish of Herodsfoot nestles in the West Looe valley near Liskeard; it’s a gentle place, surrounded by woodland. Set on the village green, its most poignant feature is the First World War memorial.   

For the granite monument’s inscription is truly remarkable, the only one of its kind in Cornwall; it tells us that during the conflict, Herodsfoot was spared military fatalities.

All 13 of the village men who joined the armed forces came home safely. The memorial records their names, and the parish’s ‘gratitude for their services in the Great War.’

The handful of British communities which lost no men at all during the First World War have since become known as Thankful Villages; Herodsfoot is Cornwall’s only Thankful Village, one of around just 50 across the entire country.

My book, 'Cornwall In The First World War', is published by Truran. With 112 pages and 100 images, you'll find it in bookshops across the Duchy. It's also available through Amazon: http://amzn.to/19JbtZm

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