Cawsands War Memorial

Cawsand War Memorial


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Spitfire, used by the Royal Air Force and many other Allied countries during and after the Second World War.


London Cenotaph

Welcome to the Cornwall Family History Society’s Cornwall’s War History website - a tribute to those brave people of Cornwall who served or laid down their lives in both World Wars and subsequent conflicts.

This is very much a work in progress and NOT a finished project, it changes almost daily and we have much more information to add
Thank you for your patience

The website grew out of our existing Monumental Inscription project. During the photographing of headstones in burial grounds around Cornwall we noted many war casualties remembered on family graves, some without names. In 2012, this led to the further research of their names and a subsequent need to record them. We felt that details of those who had served and died for their country and had a connection with Cornwall should be collated in one dedicated website and be accompanied by photographs of the individuals and the grave sites.

We also record those who lie in graves in Cornwall but who originated elsewhere.

Users are able to comment or add photographs of individuals or grave sites. All donated photographs will remain the copyright of the donor and be attributed as required.

We have attempted to use as few abbreviations as possible.  However, certain fields were felt to be impractical to spell out on a recurring basis.  These are primarily the nationality of the individual and their ship’s  home nation.  Those are listed here.  Abbreviations

We are very grateful to those volunteers who have been part of this project from its conception and those who have willingly participated since. Acknowledgements

We have found:
Of 6190 World War I casualties identified:
4815 Army
850 Royal Navy (including the Royal Naval Division)
137 Merchant Navy
64 Royal Air Force
222 sets of brothers who died in WW I
16 sets of fathers and sons who both died in WW I
20 sets of fathers and sons where the father died in WW I and the son in WW II
Of 4742 World War II casualties identified:
1967 Army
1000 Royal Navy
228 Merchant Navy
1000 Royal Air Force
54 sets of brothers who died in WW II
(including one set of twins who died in the same incident and are buried next to each other)
9 sets of fathers and sons who both died in WW II

If you have any information, pictures or corrections contact us at

In War:  Resolution.    In Defeat:  Defiance.    In Victory:  Magnanimity.    In Peace:  Goodwill.

Winston S. Churchill, 1948.