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Devolution views from C’Wall Cllr Adrian Parsons

Consultation on the proposed Cornwall Devolution Deal | Let’s Talk Cornwall THIS QUESTIONNAIRE CLOSES ON FEBRUARY 17th 2023 More views here Mayor for Cornwall debate and the full facts about the Devolution Deal – Cornwall Live

Adrian Parsons – Cornwall Councillor for Altarnun & Stoke Climsland

As part of the Government’s Help for Households initiative, Go Cornwall Bus is participating in the nationwide £2 fare capping scheme for all single bus journeys across their network, until the end of March. First Kernow and Stagecoach are also taking part. All single journeys in North Cornwall are covered by the scheme!

My thoughts regarding the Devolution Deal being offered to Cornwall!

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South Hill Remembers Them

Victory Medal

The names of those on our war memorial
Private John Garfield Doney Aged 21 The London Regiment.
Son of William & Martha Doney, Wagmuggle. Read more

Private Thomas Drew Aged 29 The Somerset Light Infantry
Son of Mr & Mrs William Drew from Pensilva Read more

WWI Medal

Private Percy Jenkin Aged 22 The Duke of Cornwall’s
Light Infantry. Before enlisting, he lived at Manaton where he worked as a waggoner. Read more

Private William Gordon Landry Aged 24 The Essex
Regiment Son of William & Elizabeth Landry, Trevigro. Read more

2nd Lieutenant Herbert Gloyne Forster-Morris Aged 19 The South Wales Borderers Only son of the Reverend Herbert & Mrs Forster-Morris, the Rector of South Hill. Read more

Private William Nicholas Stephens Aged 28 The Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry. Son of Stephen & Harriet Stephens, of Pear Tree Row, Callington. Read more

Sapper Vernon William Buckingham Aged 21 The Royal Engineers Uncle of Jill Reynolds & Shirley Shears. Read more.

Also remembered from this parish, but not named on the war memorial.

Able Seaman Stanley Jenkin, brother of Percy. Aged 18 Lived at Trewassick where he looked after the cattle. Read more also

Chief Petty Officer John Henry Dennis Chief Stoker aboard HMS Earnest. Drowned aged 39 Read more and
Petty Officer Aaron Rogers on HMS Vivid died aged 40, awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for his part in the battle at Gallipoli. Both are buried in South Hill churchyard. Their graves can be found next to each other in the row of graves nearest to the road wall. Read more

Also remember not previously listed: Private Herbert Dawe Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry died aged 23 in France, son of Richard and Hannah of Trewoodloe Read more

Plus on 2nd April 1826 a baby by the name of George Symons was baptised in the font at St. Sampson’s. At the age of 30 he was one of the first people to be awarded the Victoria Cross for ‘conspicuous gallantry under terrific fire’ during the Crimean war.
Who has information or would like to help research these young men?
Thank you for those that have helped so far. Contact Ali if interested.

South Hill Remembers W. Buckingham

Sapper Vernon William Buckingham died aged 21 The Royal Engineers Uncle of Jill Reynolds & Shirley Shears.

BIRTH 1918 Cornwall Unitary Authority, Cornwall, England

DEATH 22 Feb 1940 (aged 21) Kent, England

BURIAL Golberdon Methodist Burial Ground

Golberdon, Cornwall Unitary Authority, Cornwall, England  Show Map

PLOT N.E. corner of burial ground. Grave A. 2.

Only Son of George and Beatrice Ann Buckingham, of Golberdon.

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South Hill Remembers T. Drew

Private Thomas Drew died aged 29 The Somerset Light Infantry

Son of William Henry a tailor (originally from Guernsey) and Elizabeth (of Calstock) living in Miners Row, St Ive.

Thomas Lewis John Drew

  • Born at Miners cottage, St Ive in 1886, to William Henry and Elizabeth Ann.
  • He enlisted in Callington where he joined the Prince Albert’s (Somerset Light Infantry), 9th (Reserve) Battalion. Service number: 22326
  • 9th Battalion was formed at Plymouth as a service battalion of the Fourth New Army (K4) as part of the 98th Brigade of the 33rd Division then moved to St. Austell, Cornwall.
  • He died in Poole, Dorset on 30/3/1916 and is buried there. No record of him being married.


The 1891 census shows William & Elizabeth with 7 children, including Thomas, ages ranging from 12 – 2years old (Samual, Robina, Mable, Ann, Thomas 5 yrs, Alice, Joseph) (Mabel died just 13 years old. Born 1883 died 1896)

His Dad remarried when Elizabeth died aged 36. Born 1858 died Feb. 17th 1894. Buried Mission church. Pensilva. Thomas was 8 years old when his mum died.

1901 census shows Step Mother Annie/Fanny aged 30. Born 1871 St. Ive died 1950 aged 79 buried Mission church, Pensilva (William was 53) Thomas aged 15 plus Alice, Harry & Edward living at home.

1911 census shows William & wife Annie now married 13 years with 4 children of their own (Harry, Edward, Stewart, Howard) and Thomas aged 24 a labourer living at home in St. Ive.

Dad William Henry born 1848 died 1934 aged 86 buried Mission church, Pensilva

Sources from Callington Heritage Museum. Find my Past and census records.

South Hill Remembers W. G. Landry

Private William Gordon Landry died aged 24

The Essex Regiment

Son of William & Elizabeth Landry, Trevigro

BIRTH unknown

DEATH 12 Oct 1916

MEMORIAL SITE* Thiepval Memorial

Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Contains the names of 72,000 soldiers with no known grave, 90% died between July and November 1916.

* A structure erected in honor of someone whose remains lie elsewhere.

South Hill Remembers J.H. Dennis

John Henry Dennis was born in Flushing on 20 Jun 1876 and joined the Royal Navy in April 1896 as a Stoker. He married Mary Selina Rogers, Aaron Roger’s sister, on 21 April 1903 in Kinsale in Ireland. By 1908 they were living in Valentine Row Callington with their baby daughter, Lavinia. In November 1915 John Henry Dennis joined HMS Wallington, a ship patrolling the icy waters around the east coast. His service certificate states:

DD* 8th February 1916 (Accidentally drowned, but no evidence to show how deceased got into the water). Verdict of Inquest “Found drowned” *Discharged Dead

South Hill Remembers Aaron Rogers | South Hill Connection (

Callington – Cornwall War History ( 

Callington War Book

South Hill Remembers Aaron Rogers

Aaron Rogers was born on 30 April 1880 in (Templebrady) Crosshaven, County Cork in Ireland, the fifth of eight children.  His father, Plymouth born Aaron Rogers Snr, was in the Royal Navy and was based in Ireland. In January 1896 Aaron, a servant boy, followed his widowed father and joined the Royal Navy as a Seaman, enlisting at Devonport and joining HMS Vivid.

The 1911 census states that both were living at 2 Stoke Terrace in Kelly Bray, Aaron a Seaman and his father a Naval pensioner. During WW1 Aaron was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for his part in the battle at Gallipoli and is mentioned in the London Gazette of 15 May 1916. His service certificate states that he was invalided out of the Royal Navy in 1920 and the reason given was ‘Disease of the brain’. Aaron died 10 Feb 1921 aged 40 at Northcote, Honiton and is buried in South Hill at St. Sampsons.

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