Penzance Biographical Book of Remembrance

TO coincide with the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, a very special remembrance book is to be made available to the people of Penzance - but your help is needed to make it complete.

Major Bob Harrison (retired) has spent many years carrying out extensive research in order to accurately record and document the lives of those people from Penzance Parish who lost their lives in wars, from the Boer War in 1899 to the present day. 

A work in progress, the new biographical record builds on the original Roll of Honour displayed outside Gallery 5 at Penlee House Gallery & Museum.  However, unlike the Roll, which lists information such as name, rank and unit/ship - the new book aims to provide much more detail.  Extensive research has provided a high level of data, but there are still pieces of information missing - such as 17 names that have not been fully identified.  With this in mind, Bob Harrison and Penzance Town Council are asking members of the public to come forward and help fill in the gaps.

The book is currently in draft form, providing scope for any new or amended information to be included .  It is hoped this will then ensure the final, printed version of the book will be an accurate and permanent tribute to those who made the supreme sacrifice and gave their lives in the cause of freedom. 

The online version of the draft book can be viewed here. Anyone who can help by providing missing information, or corrections to any errors, is asked to contact Penzance Town Council by emailing info@penzancetowncouncil.co.uk or by writing to the following address: Penzance Town Council, Penlee Centre, Penlee Park, Penzance TR18 4HE.  This information will then be passed on to Bob to supplement the research that he is continuing to carry out.

Penzance Town Council would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of the Parish of Penzance, to thank Bob Harrison for all his extensive research and work in compiling this information which will ensure a lasting and abiding record of the lives lost is maintained for generations to come.

"Let those who come after see to it that they are not forgotten"