Penzance is the location in Break in Communication where Clara Chenoweth was shopping in the days before Christmas 1940 and the Germans bombed the railway station. Today we find it hard to imagine that they bombed this beautiful town and many others along the south coast of England.
One WW2 memory comes from Glenys Goldsworthy who was aged 11 at the time. "We were walking along by Penzance railway station and heard the drone of a plane. We looked up and saw what I thought were leaflets falling down. Next thing a soldier came running out of the public house opposite the station and pulled me and my sister inside saying, 'Quick, they are bombs!' and sure enough they were!"
Clara had a close shave but Glenys and her sister had a real-life one!!! The inside of the station hasn't changed much from this old photo.
My first history book, Mud, Blood and Bayonet is due to be released on 1 Jan 2018. It is a history of the 6th Dorsetshire Regiment in 1918, day by day, for them the bloodiest year of the war.