Lanlivery Parish Church, St Brevita.  

A place for God and community in the heart of Lanlivery

Lest We Forget


The War Memorial in the churchyard at St Brevita, Lanlivery.

Pictured here following the 2009 Remembrance Day commemoration.


The following names are inscribed


The Great War 1914 - 1918

Archie Brown

Frederick Hick

Charles Nicholls

Leslie Parnall

Marshall Trethewey

Percy Wherry

World War II 1939 - 1945

Joseph Nicholls


Lanlivery War Memorial (from Granite Towers, November 2011)


Once again it is the time of year that we honour those who have died in the service of their country and those whose lives have been irrevocably changed by their experience in conflicts.  I have been doing some research on the people whose names appear on the Lanlivery War Memorial and on Joseph Nicholls who is buried in our churchyard and whose grave is maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.


Archie Brown.


Archie Greet Brown was born, the second of eight children, at St Pinnock in 1880 to Thomas and Jane, a farming family.  At the time of the 1901 census he was lodging in Southwark, London, along with several others from Cornwall, and working as a “Manchester” or cotton warehouseman.  His parents however were living in Lanlivery and farming at Roselath.  In 1909 Archie married Mary Ann Bennett from Luxulyan and in 1911 we find them living in Catford, London and Archie still working as a warehouseman.  In the First World War he enlisted as a Rifleman in the 8th Battalion of the King's Royal Rifle Corps.  He was killed in action on 28th August 1917 and is commemorated at the Tyne Cot Memorial in Belgium along with 34934 others.  In his will he left effects  of £523. 2s 7d, probate being  granted to Mary Ann.  His address was given as 66 Balloch Road, Catford.


Frederick Hick


Frederick Joseph Hick was born in Plymouth in October 1899 to Harry Udy Hick a blacksmith from Redmoor, Lanlivery and his wife Louis.  Frederick enlisted in the 1st Battalion of the Devonshire Regiment and was killed on 1st September 1918.  He is commemorated at Vis-en-Artois Memorial at the Pas de Calais, France.


Charles Nicholls


Frederick Charles was born in Budock to Fred and Lucy Nicholls and in 1901 living with his family including his brother Joseph, at St Gluvias.  By 1911 Charles was a farm servant at Penmount, Lanivet and his parents living at Boslymon where Fred worked as a horseman on a farm.  The war found Charles enlisted in the 1st/4th Battalion of the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry.  He was killed on 23rd November 1917 during an advance on Jerusalem and he is commemorated by the CWGC at the Jerusalem War Cemetery.


Leslie Parnall


William Leslie, son of Richard and Kathleen Parnall, was born, the eldest of four children, at St. Ewe in 1894.  As a child he lived at Polmassick and father Richard worked as a cattleman on a farm.  By 1911 the family had moved to Lanlivery parish at Restormel where both Richard and Leslie were working as horsemen.  Leslie served in the First World War in the 8th Battalion of the Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment).  He died of wounds on 13th May 1918 in France and is remembered in the Pernes British Cemetery.  At that time his parents were living at 9 Parade Square, Lostwithiel.


Marshall Trethewey


Marshall, son of Joseph and Julia Trethewy was born at St Stephens in 1893.  His father was a stonemason according to the 1901 census, but by the time of the next census in 1911 the family were farming at Tregantle in Lanlivery. Marshall was killed whilst serving as a private in the 1st Battalion of the DCLI on 4th October 1917, aged 24. Like Archie Brown, his memorial is at Tyne Cot Cemetery.


Percy Wherry


Percival Edgar, son of Albert and Annie Wherry, was the eldest son of a well known Lanlivery family.  In 1901 they were living at Puddle but by 1911 they were at Higher Pennant which is where his brother Barney was still living when we came to live in Lanlivery in 1975.  Percy was working as a tin dresser.  A few short years later Percy was killed on 17th February 1917 at the age of 22 whilst serving in France with the 7th Battalion of the DCLI.  He is honoured at the St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France.



Joseph John Nicholls

Joseph is buried in Lanlivery churchyard in a grave maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.  He was the brother of Charles Nicholls who is commemorated on the War Memorial.  Born in Budock, at age 14 Joseph was working as a farm labourer at Breney Farm in 1911.  He served during World War 1 in the 1/4th Batallion of the Dorset Regiment.  At the time of his death on 5 May 1920 he was living at Snow Hill Cottage.  He died at Tehidy Sanitorium (undoubtedly from tuberculosis contracted due to the conditions in the trenches).  He had effects of £111 8s 8d and probate was granted to his father Fred, a roadman.





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