White, George Pawley

He was born on 26 May 1907 and educated at Penzance Grammar School before going into banking. After wartime service with the RAF in India he resumed his career with Barclay's Bank and was a founding member and first treasurer of the Cornish nationalist movement, Mebyon Kernow. He and his wife learned Cornish and he was involved in the establishment of the Esethvos Kernow, modelled on the Welsh Eisteddfod, and also in the Institute of Cornish Studies and the Cornish Language Board. From 1964 to 1970 he was Grand Bard of the Cornish Gorseth. After his wife's death in 1987, he travelled widely, visiting Celtic associations in South Africa, America and Australia.

He became the organist at Richmond WM Church, Penzance at the age of 12 and deputy organist at St. John's Parish Church at 16,and at 18 began his service as a local preacher, often in the Cornish language. He recorded his experience as a preacher in A Half Century of Cornish Methodism, 1925-1975, where his commitment to Moral Re-armament is also set out. He died on 24 August 2006.

  • Times, 2 September 2006