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GERRANS PARISH HERITAGE CENTRE

Welcome to the 2020/2021 Exhibition: Gerrans Parish - WW2 Home Front

The exhibition commemorates 75 years since the end of the war in 1945. Displays include: Those who Served, The Fallen, Home Guard, Coastal Fortifications, Village Life, Evacuees and Dig for Victory.

We have many original, authentic artifacts and information display boards, bringing our local stories to life and documenting the contibutions the men, women and children of the village made to the war effort. It's a interesting insight into how village life was affected by WW2 and the sacrifices made by everyone during the war.

Below are just a few selected examples of what is on display but there is so much more which we are delighted to share with you. The exhibition runs until the end of October and is FREE to visit but contributions are welcome as a show of your appreciation.

HMS Havant
HMS Havant returned to England from Dunkirk with a local soldier on board. When returning to Dunkirk on a second rescue mission, she was heavily bombed and sunk, but not before transferring all her troops to the minesweeper HMS Saltash.
Military camp at Place
Military camp at Place.
Dig for Victory posters
Dig for Victory posters.
St Anthony Battery
Gun position at St Anthony Battery.
Ammunition locker
Ammunition locker at St Anthony battery.
Home Guard armband
Home Guard armband .
Identity card & Leaflet
Identity Card and Leaflet on Home Protection.
A Merchant Navy sailor
The gravestone of an unknown Merchant Navy sailor in Gerrans churchyard.