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Remembering the lives lost
Bodmin residents witnessed a scene of destruction in August 1942, as a two-day German bombing raid killed nine residents. With the 79th anniversary of the tragedy this Friday, Voice contributor Barrie Doney, who miraculously survived the bombing as a baby, helps to shed light on the past with thiscollection of photographs; pictured above, the scene on Pool Street

Bodmin residents witnessed a scene of destruction in August 1942, as a two-day German bombing raid killed nine residents. With the 79th anniversary of the tragedy this Friday, Voice contributor Barrie Doney, who miraculously survived the bombing as a baby, helps to shed light on the past with thiscollection of photographs; pictured above, the scene on Pool Street

4th August 2021

By Ollie Young

This Friday will mark the 79th anniversary of one of Bodmin’s saddest chapters, when the town was bombed in the Second World War.

Nine people were killed in total, with a further 18 injured, in the Blitz attack that was spread out over two days.

On August 6, 1942, two German raiders dropped bombs near St Breward damaging around 60 houses and injuring three people. However, more impactful was the damage caused to the De Lank waterworks, rendering the water supply to Bodmin useless.

The next day, another bomb was dropped on the gas works at Bodmin which was set on fire but fortunately did not explode. A second bomb was then dropped on a dairy and house on Mill Street, now known as Dennison Road. This killed a 16-year-old boy in the dairy, whilst eight people from the Sargent family were killed at the house next door.

Voice contributor Barrie Doney was a baby when the attack took place and survived the bombings, despite being buried under the ceilings of his Pool Street family home.

In 2019, he enlisted the help of the Bodmin Old Cornwall Society, Cornwall councillor Leigh Frost, Snuggles nursery and Paul Drew, of Drew Memorials, to raise money to have a memorial erected to remember the tragedy.

Poetically, the mayor at the time of the bombing was Horace G Kinsman; in 2019, his granddaughter Sara Kinsman was the mayor of the town and she unveiled a memorial plaque in honour of those who lost their lives.

The groups had £2,400 left over, which they have decided to donate to the Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes.

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