Great War Exhibition

Great War Exhibition
St Agnes Museum

When: 18 April 2014 to 31 October 2018
Where: Ground Floor, St Agnes Museum, TR5 0PA
Time: 10.30 - 17.00
Cost: FREE
Suitable for: Family friendly

Like many other museums, we are commemorating the Great War 1914-1918.

We have researched the details of all of those service personnel named on memorials around the Parish of St Agnes as having lost their lives during that period and we have a commemorative book on display at the museum.

We also have a wonderful range of artefacts and stories of those from the Parish who served or whose loved ones served. The collection includes letters and cards written from the front line, sketches made by those serving, diairies, personal belongings sent home when a soldier was killed and medals and badges awarded to the servicemen.

The display is being added to all of the time as people's memories are stirred and new items are brought along to the museum.

The centrepiece is a very touching story of a local Mining Engineer, Harold Llewellyn Twite of Castle House, St Agnes, who lost his life just before Christmas 1915 when his successful tunnelling and explosives mission was counter-mined by Germans. Along with 9 other Cornish miners, he was killed. His belongings placed in a hessian sack, were sent back to his wife, then staying in Surrey but she could not bear to look at them. It is her grandson who has eventually decided that they should be seen and reunited with Twite's home village.

Mrs Twite didn't completely shy away from the tragedy; instead she put her energy into organising and funding a memorial plaque to be mounted in St Agnes Parish Church, commemorating those ten men. She wrote asking their loved ones for permission to include them and the letters she received in response from wives and mothers are now on display at the museum. The plaque can still be seen in the Church.

Exhibition Gallery

St Agnes Parish experiences of the Great War

Lt Twite's gravestone near Fricourt, France
The clock used in the Trenches by George Henry Keast M.C.
Souvenir Plate from Mons 1919 showing a photograph of Ada Garland who nursed on the Britannica.
Gunner Samuel Radcliffe, St Agnes' first casualty of the Great War.
Death Plaque of Richard Edward Tippett.

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