Mary Kempthorne, and family
Farmers, with a connection to World War One
15th May, 1941
This family grave, in the peaceful Perranzabuloe churchyard, is that of a family affected by both local and world events during their lifetimes.
Born in Newlyn East in 1873, Mary married William Kempthorne - an agricultural labourer - when she was 17 and their first child was born a year later. They seem to have lived in various locations around west Cornwall in the first 10 years of their marriage, presumably following agricultural job opportunities for her husband.� By 1901, William Kempthorne was working as a horseman on Trewollock Farm, near to St Columb Minor, and the couple had seven children aged between 10 and newborn.
In 1911, , their eldest child, Eva, was working as a Domestic Servant in Newquay, and their fourth eldest child, Ernest, age 15, was employed as a horseman on a farm near Newquay. At the outbreak of World War One, in 1914, Ernest enlisted as a Private in the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry at Truro; he died from wounds received in France on 1st December 1917. Further misfortune occurred in late September 1920, when their two youngest children, Kenneth aged 8, and Terrance, aged 7, died on consecutive days, though there is no recorded information to suggest whether this was due to accident or illness. Records suggest they were living in the hamlet of Callestick at the time of their death, just over a mile south of the churchyard where they are buried.
Ten remaining older siblings - all sisters except for one brother - appear to have lived in to adulthood. Mary died during the Second World War, in 1941, and their father passed away in Truro aged 80, three years later.