Protection Type Centenary Fields
October 2018 Protected since
Camborne Recreation Ground is in two sections with a rugby ground which is home to Camborne RFC and a park area which is the only formal green space in the vicinity of the ...
Camborne Recreation Ground is in two sections with a rugby ground which is home to Camborne RFC and a park area which is the only formal green space in the vicinity of the town centre.
Camborne RFC has a unique link to World War I with many of its members having played in rugby matches behind the Front Line between soldiers from Cornwall and Devon. The club supplied the ball for the final match which the Cornishmen won by a try to nil.
In a letter to his family in Camborne, Private Ernest Fletcher explained how the troops had taken the sport they loved to war torn France and wrote: "After having a few days in the trenches we arrange the final which ended in a victory for the Cornishmen by a try to nil. The Cornish lads well deserved their win as, in the last match they were handicapped by Brown their back, having to retire within the first fifteen minutes. This match was played on Whit Monday and instead of having the privilege of listening to the bands in Camborne, we had the music of the guns. One of the best Cornish Forwards, Penhorwood of Newquay, late Police Constable at Bodmin, was killed after the first game during our stay in the trenches".