Newlyn at War


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Newlyn at War
Edited by P Lomax

Re-published by Newlyn Archive 2018
ISBN 978 0 9567528 0 2
44 pages
61 illustrations
Price £8.00

Introduction. A Woman’s Lot. Fishing and War. Defences. Away at War. Belgian Refugees. The Breton Invasion. Conclusion. Appendix Newlyn War Casualties. Index
Newlyn at War was first published in 2010 to celebrate that day in 1940 when the first of the French fishing boats to leave the Ile de Sein to join the free French resistance arrived in Newlyn. Many boats followed bringing refugees to Newlyn and other fishing villages on the Cornish coast. But the French were not the first to arrive at Newlyn during the war. Fishing boats from Belgium had already sought refuge, carrying their extended families who eventually found homes in houses previously marked for demolition, while the men folk took over the fishing previously done by the Newlyn boats requisitioned by the Navy. Newlyn and the surrounding farms and villages became home to the hundreds of child refugees that fled the bombs falling on the larger urban cities of England. They came in trainloads to Penzance station where they were dispersed to the families that agreed to care for them. This book tells the story of Newlyn during World War 2.
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