Truronians suffered the effects of many wars. Loyalties were divided during the English Civil Wars (1642–1648) some being on the side of parliament while others melted their silver to help pay for the King’s armies.
A popular and famous Naval son was Admiral Edward ‘Old Dreadnought’ Boscawen. His nickname was’ Old Dreadnought’ known as a man of outstanding courage, he had a distinguished career during the Seven Year War.
Truro’s heroes included Admiral Sir Edward Pellew and General Sir Richard Hussey Vivian, both educated at Truro Grammar School. Both men played important roles in defeating Napoleon (1793–1815) along with Truronians who, with other troops, were housed in Barracks, near today’s Barrack Lane.
The Boer War (1899–1902) was a source of controversy in Truro. Truro men who volunteered to fight were promised the ‘Freedom of the City’ on their return.
However, at the end of the war, the City Fathers only gave the honour to Major General Reginald Carew Pole. A plaque listing the other men can be seen on the stairway of Truro City Hall and in the Memorial Chapel in Truro Cathedral.
The Memorial on Boscawen Street was originally a testimony to Truronians killed in the First World War (1914–1918).
During WW1 The Truro Union workhouse became the Royal Naval Auxiliary Hospital, run by volunteers and the Red Cross.
The images to the right depict Admiral Boscawen and the Union Workhouse transformed into the Royal Navy Auxilliary Hospital. Click below to listen to Mary Carter & Jennifer Hicks as they recall a traumatic WW2 Bomber shooting on Trelander estate.