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Lt COL Carne VC
This view of Buckholt was painted by a patient at the Sanatorium in the early 1900's. The house and estate was part of the marriage settlement when Samuel Lediard married Mary Whatley They were Gustav Holst's grandparents. They lived in Cirencester but the family spent many happy summer holidays at Buckholt.
The Countess of Rothes was among the survivors of the RMS Titanic. She had learnt to row as a girl on her fathers estate at Prinknash. These skills she put to good use when finding herself in lifeboat No 8 by taking the oars herself, together with her maid they rowed for 3 hours. She continued to help the other survivors when aboard the Carpathia.
This photograph is the earliest of Cranham school children c1890, they are so beautifully dressed it must have been a special day in the church calendar. Sadly we have been unable to identify any of the children,
Lt. Colonel James Power Carne VC DSO was born in Falmouth but lived most of his life in Cranham. In 1951 the First Battalion of the Glosters under the cool leadership of the Colonel held off a major attack by the Chinese on the banks of the Imjin River in Korea for over three days. Over 600 died in the incident. Carne and a few of his men were eventually captured and remained in captivity until the end of the war. In 1953 he was awarded the Vistoria Cross.
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