Friday, 4 November 2016

Remembrance Day 2016 - a soldier buried at home


On Friday 11 November (Remembrance Day) at 430pm there will be a short ceremony at Stithians Church (led by Fr Simon Bone) organised by local Duke of Edinburgh volunteer Rhiannon Stevenson. 

Rhiannon has been helping us with research on our exhibition Heart of Conflict (opening at the Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro, in December) and found that there was (unusually) a World War One soldier buried in the graveyard.

Joseph Martin sadly died of his wounds at Bagthorpe Military Hospital in Nottinghamshire on 17 December 1917: his body was brought home to Stithians. He was only 22. He was in the Royal Berkshire Regiment and could have been wounded at the battle of Ypres earlier in the year.

He was the son of John and Mary Martin of Lansenwith (John Martin described himself as being in the meat trade in the 1911). We've been unable to track down any descendants as yet but will keep trying.

At the ceremony, Rhiannon will say something about Joseph Martin and read a poem she has written - we'll then lay flowers on the grave and sing hymns selected by Rhiannon, then the National Anthem.