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6:24am 11th November 2014
(Updated 6:24am 11th November 2014)

Cornwall remembers on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, when the guns fell silent in the First World War.

Ten thousand poppies will fall at Truro Cathedral later - one for each of the Cornishmen killed.

The Last Post will sound in the city - and at other ceremonies from Helston to Camelford to remember those who gave their lives in countless conflicts.

Ninety-two year old Harold Thompson from Mabe helped take supplies through the Arctic - a trip that cost three thousand men their lives.

He is one of forty-two Cornish veterans given medals by Russia - for helping them defeat the Nazis on the eastern front during the Second World War.

He told Pirate FM he will never forget the journeys: "Terrible, terrible. We had guard rails, that were as thick as my finger, with so much ice on them they were three times the size.

"We had to chip all the ice off the guns before we could use them too. It was pretty horrific, there's no two ways about it."

The convoys were under constant attack by German u-boats and aircraft - and Winston Churchill is said to have called it "the worst journey in the world."

But it dangerous back home too.

Dennis Carter from Bolingey near Perranporth was a child at the time. But he remembers the day he nearly died: "We were sleeping in bed. We heard this aircraft - and it just came up over our house. They must have been opening the bomb doors. They dropped the bombs two fields away from us - right by our house."

He also witnessed the German attack on Penhale camp, which claimed the lives of 22 men, just back from Dunkirk: "He came over and beared to the left. My mother knew what was going on, so she called us in. St Eval was the Spitfire drome - they caught him and shot him down over the Lizard."

You can find your nearest service to pay your respects here.

From ten o'clock on Tuesday Pirate FM will be marking Armistice Day with a special programme - including the two minutes silence.

 

6:24am 11th November 2014

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