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Penwith remembers the fallen

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: November 14, 2013

  • John and Kathleen Treloar on Remembrance Sunday.

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ON SUNDAY west Cornwall turned out in force to commemorate the sacrifices made in conflict.

Penwith's major towns all had services of Remembrance, coinciding with the televised service at the Cenotaph at Whitehall.

In addition almost all the area's villages held services to remember the fallen, while a Festival of Remembrance at St Anta Church, Carbis Bay on Sunday evening featured the City of Truro Male Voice Choir and the Military Wives' Choir from Culdrose.

Among those attending the service at Chapel Street Methodist church in Penzance, ahead of the laying of wreaths at the war memorial, was John Treloar, 90, a veteran from the Second World War, and his wife Kathleen.

"It was a good service," he said. "It was very nice and done well. It means a great deal."

Mr Treloar joined the RAF in 1943, ending up as a warrant officer in Bomber Command. He was an engineer and gunner and stationed in various bases in East Anglia and went on 30 missions during his two years of duty.

He flew in Lancaster and Wellington bombers over Germany and had incredible stories to tell.

"We saw lots of action," he said. "We flew in box formation – I remember on one trip the plane in front of us was hit and became a fireball.

"We were flying below it and it set fire to our plane. Luckily our pilot got us out of it. Everyone had already recorded us as killed – but we got through it.

"I remember seeing a lot of planes shot down but that has always stuck in my mind. I remember the crew – everyday I think about them.

"I'm so grateful to the pilot who saved us. He died two years ago."

Mr Treloar returned to Cornwall after the war and worked as a civil engineer.

He said Remembrance Sunday was a special occasion, but there is not a day when he does not think about those who died.

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