At great personal risk

Two Longworth men who had joined the forces were mentioned in the parish magazine. A sailor had been killed, and a soldier from the village was recognised for an act of bravery, rescuing a fellow soldier from drowning.

It is with greatest pleasure that we put into the Magazine the following words about two of our old boys. It is happiness, indeed to know of George Painton’s faithfulness to his religious duties and privileges and a delight to see the things which are said of him in the Looe Parish Magazine, from which we take the word:

“On the night of the 12th May, George Painton, 1st Class P.O., lost his life through the sinking of H.M.S. Goliath by torpedo in the Dandanelles. By his death the country has lost a brave, capable, petty officer, who was a devoted husband and father, and a good Christian. The only Sunday he was home on leave since war broke out, he received the Holy Communion with his wife at the Parish Church.”

The other is the record of an act of gallantry on the part of W. Pimm.

21st INFANTRY BRIDGE ROUTINE ORDER, NO. 197
Part 1.

Act of Gallantry.
The brigadier wishes to place on record his appreciation of the gallantry of No. 13111 Private W. Pimm, 2nd Battn. Bedfordshire Regiment, who seeing No. 15783 Corporal J. Fuller of the same regiment in difficulties in the Aire-La Bassee Canal, at great personal risk went to his assistance, and succeeded in saving his life.

George Crossman, Captain,
Brigade Major 21st Infantry Brigade.

Longworth parish magazine, September 1915 (D/P83/28A/10/9)

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