Peal commemorates ringer killed in First World War
A peal rang out at Talland Church Tower in August to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of local bell ringer Bertram Preston Vague.
Following a short service at the graveside led by the Vicar of Talland, the Reverend Marilyn Elliott, a peal of 100 ring changes was rung by Talland Church Bell Ringers Band current members Adrian Bell (Tower Captain), Viv Tregellas (Secretary / Treasurer), Stuart Haywood and Andrew J. C. Brown who arranged and called the 100 changes on four bells as would have been the case in 1911 when Bertram Vague was a ringer.
Bertram, a member of Talland’s ringers and the Truro Diocesan Guild of Ringers, was a Cook’s Mate in the First World War. He had joined the Navy in 1912 at the age of just 16 but just over four years later he was injured and released from duty on medical grounds. He died just four months later aged 20 years.