In the final centenary year marking the end of World War One, Camborne Youth Band travelled from Cornwall to the former Western Front to honour local miners who had signed up in 1914 in the 25th Field Ambulance. While stationed in the region of Sailly-sur-La-Lys (France) in 1915, some soldiers organised three rugby matches between men from Devon and Cornwall. The great great grandson of one of these individuals who had played in the rugby matches was in our Band. Using his relative's one hundred-year-old bugle that was brought back from the conflict, the Band played the Last Post by the grave of another Cornishman. Thomas Penhorwood from Newquay was one of the best Cornish rugby forwards, but was killed at Aubers Ridge between the second and third match.
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