Hospital remembers First World War fallen in centenary year
Patients, staff and visitors at Helston Community Hospital came together recently to hold a very special commemoration service to remember the 206 men and women from the Lizard Peninsula who lost their lives in what became known as the Great War.
The event also remembered the 100th anniversary of the day the guns fell silent, the moment that signalled the end on hostilities, an end to the carnage and horror that was the First World War.
The candle light service was led by the Rector of Helston, Canon David Miller and Cornwall Partnership Foundation NHS Trust (CFT) Chaplain, Rev Martin Pinnock, and was well attended by Captain Rimmington, commander of RNAS Culdrose, Derek Thomas, MP, town councillors and the Mayor of Helston.
Staff and patients from Lismore Ward also attended, along with Sea Cadets from Penzance, Helston’s town band and local residents of the Lizard Peninsula, who braved the stormy weather to support the event. Special guests included Eric Taylor, a Dunkirk veteran, who was presented with a poppy cake made by Kellies Kakes St Keverne.
During the service readings were given by Helston Community Hospital nurses and the Sea Cadets, and the Helston town band played during the laying of 206 crosses in the hospital’s sensory garden, which bared the names of the local persons who died during the war. Crosses were kindly donated by Jenny Harvey from the Poppy Appeal.
Helston Community Hospital Health Care Assistant, Neill Wilson, who was one of the organisers of the event, commented “although Armistice 100 was about remembering the war dead from the peninsula, it was also about creating memories too. On Armistice Sunday itself both Dr Whittle and I were honoured to have been invited to lay wreaths on behalf of the hospital and our League of Friends”.
To close the commemorations Neill has created an Armistice 100 memory book which contains photographs of the service and the poems that were read on the night. “This book is in the foyer of the hospital for all to read and enjoy”.
Images by Neill Wilson