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In grateful memory of the men of Camborne Mining School (as it was formally known) who gave their lives for King and Country in the Great War 1914-18

Many of us have walked by the World War Memorials in the foyer of CSM without giving them a second glance. There are 70 names on the two plaques that commemorate those who died in the First World War. However, few will realise that two men played rugby for CSM and International rugby for England, six won the Military Cross (M.C.) and one was shot down and killed by Von Richthofen, the “Red Baron”. Many of the past students of CSM who died were in tunnelling companies of the Royal Engineers and many had no known grave. In this centenary year it is appropriate to remember our past students and their great sacrifice.

There are a second set of CSM Memorials in Camborne Church but they have been removed during the renovation of the building. CSM Association has approved the funding for the plaques to be re-mounted and installed prior to the commemoration of the Great War in July 2014. CSMA has also agreed to fund the re-installation of the Camborne Town memorials.

The current study is available for research by contacting CSM Association using the email address below.

CSM Association is grateful for assistance provided by many individuals and organisations, but especially to the Archivist and library staff of the Combined University of Cornwall, Tremough campus who maintain the CSM historical records. The Collection is also of great importance in the research of local history and the history of mining education.

Please get in touch through WW1@csmassociation.com if you have any further information about any of the past students of the Camborne Mining School who gave their lives in the Great War. Further updates will be posted as further stories emerge.

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