Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Cornwall in the First World War

During this month, each weekday I'm posting a photograph showing Cornwall's First World War.

Here, it's the summer of 1918. His Majesty's Motor Launch ML319 has been taken into N Holman and Son's dry dock at Penzance for maintenance. ML319 was one of around a dozen armed motor launches based at Newlyn, its job to carry out anti-submarine patrols in local waters.

N Holman's waterfront premises had been requisitioned by the Royal Navy back in 1915; over the offices a White Ensign was raised, the base commanded by Lieutenant Commander David Blair of the Royal Naval Reserve.

My book, 'Cornwall In The First World War', is published by Truran. With 112 pages and 100 images, you'll find it in bookshops across the Duchy. It's also available through Amazon:

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