Tuesday, 7 October 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 1918, just south of Newlyn on the western side of Mount's Bay. Resting on its launching rails down to the water at Royal Naval Air Station Newlyn is a Short 184 seaplane. Between the floats of the aircraft are mounted a depth charge and a bomb. Three more bombs, used by the station's seaplanes on anti-submarine patrols, sit on a concrete plinth. In the background is a canvas hangar, standard issue of the day.

Newlyn was one of four Cornish centres of aero activity during the First World War; the others were at Bude, Mullion and Padstow.  An air base was also built at Tresco on the Isles of Scilly.

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: http://amzn.to/19JbtZm

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