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The Spanish landed near Penryn in 1567. There is a popular dubious story about the Spanish being frightened off by a company of actors playing late at night.

The forerunners of the Home Guard was the Volunteer Corps which were established in Penryn in 1794.

Enemy aircraft were overhead on many occasions during WW2, but only two notable bombings took place. On May 13, 1941 several bombs were dropped in the Mill Lane-Quarry Hill area which resulted in the destruction of 23 houses and 18 persons being killed. On September 6, 1941 two large parachute mines were dropped, only one person was injured.


Prisoners of Napoleon in 1811

Win. Broadmean
Dan Codder
David Davies
James Dowling
Win. Gross
Robt. Hart
Philip Jones
James Murrow
Thomas Teackcoinde
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World War I Memorial

W. Abell Pte. Army
P. Andrew Pte. Army
T. Andrew Pte. Army
R.N. Bache L/CM. Army
S. Bailey Sgt. Army
R.C. Bishop Pte. Army
T.J. Bray Master-at-arms Navy
J.L. Burton Pte. Army
W.L. Coombes Pte. Army
W.R. Cullen C.S.N. Army
S. Dowerick Pte. Army
A.J. Dunbar Pte. Army
W. Ford Rfn. Army
R. Fugler Sigr. Army
L.J. Fuller Pte. Army
C. Goodman Pte. Army
T. Hicks Pte. Army
R. Horris A.B. Navy
J. Hosking Pte. Army
W.J.C. Jeal Cmr. Navy
R. Julian Pte. Army
A.H. Knight Pte. Army
W. Lugg Pte. Army
J.H. Mallett Cnr. Army
H.A. Martin Spr. Army
A. Mathews Rfn. Army
S.H. Moon Sgt. Army
E.S. Nicholls Pte. Army
J. Opie Pte. Army
H. Pascoe Pte. Army
J. Pascoe Sigr. Army
T.C. Pearce Pte. Army
R.S. Pellow Pte. Army
F.C. Retchecks Sgt. Army
C.M. Smith A.B. Navy
R.J. Stannaway C.P.O. Navy
W.A. Tucker Stoker Navy
J.C. Welch 1st Class Stoker Navy
J.H. Young C.P.O. Navy
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In memory of the men of the parish of St. Gluvias with Penryn who gave their lives in the Great War that we might live in peace 1914-1918