In this peaceful setting, just at the edge of Camborne, established trees cast significant shade on Arthur Coombe's resting place. It is unlikely that a potted plant would thrive here; we suggest either a bunch of flowers grown in Cornwall (when available), a bunch of white roses, to represent the colour of St Piran's cross, or a painted 'Cornish' stone, to honour the truncated life of this young Cornishman. 

Arthur Coombe


9th March 1907 - Roskear Churchyard, Camborne

Born in Camborne in to the family of a tin miner, Arthur was living in Rosewarne Road and attending school at the time of the 1891 census.  By the age of 20, he was living at the back of North Parade in Camborne with one older and two younger sisters and his parents, and his father was working as a stoker on a traction engine, perhaps having a physical reason for having come out of the mines.  Arthur was working as a plasterer. 

Arthur married Beatrice Stephens from Pendarves St, who was two years his junior, in 1903, when Beatrice was 24; at this time, Beatrice had finished employment as a shoe machinist and was living with her widowed mother and unmarried siblings, alongside a lodger who was working as a tin miner. After their marriage, it is possible that they went to live with Arthur's family in North Parade, and Arthur evidently changed jobs to work in mining - maybe he was drawn by higher wages, to enable the young married couple to find a home of their own.

On the morning of 9th March, Arthur went early to work to dig a deep trench for pipes to be laid in, but tragedy struck when the trench collapsed, and Arthur was buried alive. His work colleagues struggled to free him, but their efforts were in vain. 

After his death, Beatrice returned to live with her mother at Pendarves St, and is recorded there in 1911, helping with running the boarding house.