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WATCH: Cornwall beaches honour the fallen on Armistice Day

WATCH: Cornwall beaches honour the fallen on Armistice Day

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:51am 11th November 2018.

Portraits of soldiers who lost their lives in World War One are being etched into the sand in Cornwall on Armistice Day.

The tide will wash the large scale art away, as people are encouraged to gather to say thank you and goodbye. 

The remembrance events are part of a nationwide project from director Danny Boyle - Pages of the Sea. 

32 beaches across the country will all have a different casualty displayed as a gesture of remembrance.

Porthmeor in St Ives, East Looe, Perranporth Beach and Porthcurno are taking part to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the WW1.

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Four beaches in Cornwall will etch a fallen soldier into the sand this Armistice day - in honour of all the lives lost.

Down at Porthcurno, the portrait will be revealed at around 1pm ahead of a reading of Carol Ann Duffy's new poem.

The Telegraph Museum from Porthcurno will be speaking about the roll Porthcurno beach had in first world war communications.

And people will be encouraged to draw other silhouettes into the sand to remember all those who lost their lives to conflict.

These are the stories of the soldiers whose portraits will appear on Cornish beaches on 11th November:

Porthmeor, St Ives

Captain Edward 'Teddy' Hain (15 August 1887 – 11 November 1915)

Edward Hain was the son and heir of Lady Catherine and Sir Edward Hain, a prosperous Cornish shipping and land owner. Edward was born in St Ives, living in Treloyhan Manor (now a hotel) overlooking Carbis Bay.

He was head of his house at Winchester College, Hampshire, and went up to New College, Oxford, in 1906.

In 1912, while working for his father, Edward joined the Cornish Squadron of the 1st Devon Yeomanry and the next year married Judith Wogan-Browne of Naas, Kildare.

At the outbreak of war, he rejoined his regiment and was promoted to captain a fortnight later.

East Looe, Cornwall

Captain Kenneth Walton Grigson (29 June 1895 – 20 July 1918)

Much of what we know about Kenneth Walton Grigson comes from his youngest brother, Geoffrey, who became a poet in the period between the First and Second World Wars.

Kenneth was born in Pelynt, Cornwall, to Mary and Reverend Canon William Grigson. As a second son with six brothers, he would have been expected to join the priesthood himself, until the outbreak of war intervened. Kenneth became a sergeant in the 7th Company, Reserve Battalion, Devonshire Regiment, later gaining the rank of captain.

Perranporth, Cornwall

Archie Jewell (04 December 1888 – 17 April 1917)                                        

Archibald 'Archie' Jewell survived the sinking of the Titanic, only to perish in the sinking of a hospital ship in 1917.

He was born at 34 King Street, Bude; the son of John – also a sailor - and Elizabeth Jewell, the youngest brother of Clara, John Henry, Ernest W., Albert Richard, Elizabeth and Orlando.

His mother died in childbirth on 9th April 1891. He first went to sea aged around 15 and married Bessie Heard, also a Bude native, living with her in Southampton, Hampshire.

He signed on with the Titanic in 1912 as a lookout and was in his berth when the liner struck an iceberg and was one of the first people to evacuate the ship in lifeboats.

Porthcurno, Cornwall

Lieutenant Richard Charles Graves-Sawle (1888 – 02 November 14)

Richard Charles Graves-Sawle was the only son of Lady Constance Mary and Rear Admiral Sir Charles John Graves-Sawle, a baronet, so Richard was heir to the family estate.

Richard was born in Kensington, London then raised in Penrice House (now a care home) in Porthpean, St Austell.

Richard trained at Sandhurst and in 1908 enlisted in the 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards.

On 6th August 1914 he married Muriel Heaton-Ellis but six days later left for France. His diary from that year gives an insight into the hardships faced by soldiers on the western front.

You can check some of the other remembrance events happening around Cornwall here or tune in to Pirate FM at 11 o'clock on Sunday 11th November, for a special silence to honour those who gave their lives.

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