World War I Memorial
This Talking Post, Interpretation Board and First World War Memorial bench was officially opened on 4th August 2016, exactly 102 years after the outbreak of WW1 .
In 2014 a small group of local volunteers decided to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War and mounted an exhibition, focused on the town’s WW1 fallen, at The Museum of Cornish Life, Helston.
As a result of the success of those activities the Helston WW1 Heritage Project was formally constituted in February 2015, in order to put together a programme of events to run concurrently with the centenary of significant WW1 dates. These events ran up to June 28th 2019, the centenary of the Treaty of Versailles that officially ended the war.
As part of the programme, in Spring 2016, the local community was invited to help choose the designs for the memorial. On 4th August that year, exactly 102 years after the outbreak of WW1, the Talking Pot, Interpretation Board and Memorial Bench were unveiled at the mini-arboretum area on The Parade at the bottom of Trengrouse Way. The unveiling was performed by Mr. Wisdom James, great nephew of two of Helston’s WW1 fallen.
As time goes by, more recordings will be added, describing some of the people and events that have been discovered during the project’s life.