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St Teath Clock

24 October 2010

Construction

The clock, a memorial to the dead of St Teath in wars, is an enduring feature of the village. It was unveiled in December 18, 1920 by Mrs J C Williams of Caerhays and stands prominently in The Square. The service record is here (pdf) The stone was from a local quarry and given by Mr A Beer, and the slate was given by the Old Delabole Slate Co.

Laying the foundation stones of the war memorial clock in The Square, 1920.
Photo: Brenda Burnard. Service record: Mrs S Mewton

The clock cost £390 and was constructed by voluntary labour, from a design by Mr Oswald Swete, manager of Treburgett Mine. The weather vane was probably cut from an old saw blade†. Everyone in the village will be familiar with the outside, but not many have seen the inside. Click on the pictures below to expand them. More information about the lives commemorated is listed below

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2010 - just readable: Laid by Rev H Edwards

The Clock from South West, 2010

Clock Mechanism

The clock is driven by clockwork. The mechanism relies on a large weight which descends from near the top of the clock tower to a basement about 6 feet below road level over a period of 6 days. The bell is similarly driven. The clock currently loses about 1 minute over the 6 day period. Some 50 turns of a large handle will bring weights to the top of the tower again.

Hover over arrow to hear clock strike and mechanism run (you must have sound enabled and Flash player installed).

Paul Burden, clock winder*

These weights run the clock for 6 days*

Clock mechanism*

*Thanks to Ron Straffon for these photos

As the 1930 instructions for the clock show, one old penny added to the weight can compensate for one minute of time. One interesting result of this mechanism is that when the weight descended on the Christmas lighting gear stored in the basement, time stood still and the clock was slow.

Many thanks to Paul Burden, clock winder, for showing us how time passes in St Teath.

† Probably made by Phil Guy. Thanks to Will Parsons for this.

Bell - striker at top

Instructions dated 1930



Remembrance Services

10 November 2013

Mike Pascoe and Terry Livingstone (Chair, St Teath Parish Council) at the Clock war memorial following a service in The Square on Sunday, 10th November. Photo: adrianjasperphotography.co.uk

13 November 2011

Fortunately, relatively mild and dry November weather.

Alisha and Rebecca Weeks with crosses

Les Mewton reading the names of the fallen

Photos: adrianjasperphotography.co.uk

November 2009

Remembrance service, November 2009

A War Memorial - Lives commemorated

The names of those commemorated

Information on some, but not all, of those from St Teath who gave their lives in war is listed on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and War Graves Photographic Project websites. It is summarised below.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Carthew W H - two possible records - see War Graves Commission website

Cleave - one of two possible records
Initials: R
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Gloucestershire Regiment
Unit Text: 14th Bn.
Date of Death: 01/11/1917
Service No: 27824
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: III. F. 15.
Cemetery: CANADA FARM CEMETERY

Dyer, Richard Francis
Initials: R F
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Worcestershire Regiment
Unit Text: 2nd/8th Bn.
Age: 36
Date of Death: 31/03/1918
Service No: 46299
Additional information: Son of Sarah Dyer of Myrtle Cottage, St. Teath, Cornwall, and the late Richard Dyer.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 41.
Memorial: POZIERES MEMORIAL

Parsons, Walter Athelston
Initials: W A
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Serjeant
Regiment/Service: Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry
Unit Text: 1st/4th Bn.
Age: 35
Date of Death: 22/11/1917
Service No: 201262
Additional information: Son of Richard and Amelia Parsons, of St. Teath, Cornwall.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: G. 95.
Cemetery: JERUSALEM WAR CEMETERY, Israel

Parsons - probable record
Initials: W H
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Lance Corporal
Regiment/Service: Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry
Unit Text: 10th Bn.
Date of Death: 30/11/1917
Service No: 24525
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: I. F. 16.
Cemetery: LEBUCQUIERE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION

Treleaven, Charles James Ariel
Initials: C J A
Nationality: New Zealand
Rank: Rifleman
Regiment/Service: New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Unit Text: 1st Bn. 3rd
Age: 21
Date of Death: 19/09/1916
Service No: 23/1488
Additional information: Son of John and Mary Anne Treleaven, of Trekee Farm, St. Teath, Cornwall, England.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: II. A. 22.
Cemetery: DERNANCOURT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION

Treleaven, Reginald Ronald
Initials: R R
Nationality: New Zealand
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Canterbury Regiment, N.Z.E.F.
Unit Text: 1st Bn.
Age: 24
Date of Death: 20/02/1918
Service No: 63790
Additional information: Son of John and Mary Anne Peter Treleaven, of Trekee, St. Teath.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Cemetery: ST. TEATH CHURCH CEMETERY

Callaby, Thomas Richard
Initials: T R
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Serjeant
Regiment/Service: Suffolk Regiment
Unit Text: 1st Bn.
Age: 31
Date of Death: 27/10/1944
Service No: 5824939
Additional information: Son of Henry Benjamin and Annie Callaby; husband of Annie Elizabeth Callaby, of St. Teath.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Cemetery: ST. TEATH (ST. THETHA) CHURCHYARD

Coombe, Frederick
Initials: F
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Marine
Regiment/Service: Royal Marines
Unit Text: H.M.S. Courageous.
Date of Death: 17/09/1939
Service No: PLY/18139
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 35, Column 2.
Memorial: PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL

War Graves Photographic Project

Dyer, Richard Francis
Cemetery: Pozieres Memorial*
Country: France
Area: Somme
Rank: Private
Official Number: 46299
Unit: 2nd/8th Bn. Worcestershire Regiment.
Force: Army
Nationality: British
Details: 31st March 1918. Age 36. Son of Sarah Dyer of Myrtle Cottage St. Teath Cornwall and the late Richard Dyer. Panel 41.

Treleaven, Reginald Ronald
Cemetery: St. Teath Church Cemetery†
Country: England
Area: Cornwall
Rank: Private
Official Number: 63790
Unit: 1st Battalion Canterbury Regiment NZEF
Force: Army
Nationality: New Zealand
Details:
Died of sickness 20th February 1918 Age 24 Son of John and Mary Anne Peter Treleaven of Trekee St Teath

Callaby, Thomas Richard
Cemetery: St. Teath (St. Thetha) Churchyard††
Country: England
Area: Cornwall
Rank: Sergeant
Official Number: 5824939
Unit: 1st Bn. Suffolk Regiment.
Force: Army
Nationality: British
Details: 27th October 1944. Age 31. Son of Henry Benjamin and Annie Callaby; husband of Annie Elizabeth Callaby of St. Teath.

* photo of memorial stone can be obtained for a small fee from the WGPP website.
photo on this website
†† photo on this website

Local man survived the Great War, including the Somme, in the DCLI

Claude Gabriel joined the the DCLI in 1915 and served for the rest of the war

Ernest Claude Gabriel, who lived in Trevilley Lane, with his wife and war medal (back and front shown). Their gravestone can be found in the Trevilley Lane Cemetery.

Thanks to Mark Gabriel for the photo and video (see below). More information about Claude Gabriel's experience in the DCLI is here and details of those who served in the DCLI can be found at Cornwall's Regimental Museum in Bodmin. See also Gabriel family video

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