Index of WW2 surnames from Devoran War Memorial and related blog posts.
A little more on Devoran in WW2
According to BBC history interview c. 2003 with Isobel Carlyon, the Home Guard apparently “would practice on the quay during the war”. Many of these men like Albert Opie would have been WW1 veterans and the Home Guard are pictured on parade with medal stripes in Ralph and Marie Bird’s Devoran history book.
Local youngsters are pictured in the photograph as many young men joined whilst waiting call up, such as Devoran casualty John Basil Tallack (killed aged 20 in 1944).
More on the area in WW1 and WW2 is featured in Elizabeth Hotten’s Cornwall At War.
The Francis Frith photographic archive has several pictures of Devoran in the 1950s, as well as a memory of a WW2 Evacuee to Devoran. Hotten’s book notes that 100 children from St Joseph’s, a Roman Catholic School from Greater London was evacuated to Devoran in June or July 1940 (Hotten, p.113) and 80 of these children and their staff were invited to the Catechism Summer Tea treat in August 1940 along with local children.
According to the Historic-cornwall.org.uk 2002 report: there are several mentions of Devoran’s WW1 and WW2 engineering links.
1907-46 3.5.1 Economic activity
As elsewhere in Cornwall there was a late flurry of mining activity in the early 20th century that affected Devoran, but this was on too insignificant a scale to reinvigorate the port. WW1 gave some employment at Visick’s works at the old Basset foundry, and stimulated production at several local mines, but the railway finally closed in 1915 and the last schooner left Devoran in 1916, although barges, chiefly bringing limestone for lime kilns, coal and building stone, continued to use the quays.
In WW2 Visick’s again expanded, building parts for Bailey Bridges and the munitions related industry. Throughout this period, large numbers of Devoran men worked in the docks at Falmouth.>
Subtle traces can be found in The Village Hall, beyond the Roll of Honour where several WW1 names are of WW1 sailors who died in WW2. There is the National Savings Certificate for WW2 and also subtle clues like surviving blackout clips, pointed out by Ann Cunningham.
Viv Acton and Derek Carter’s WW2 local history book Operation Cornwall 1940 – 1944 (Landfall, 1994) notes on p.25 (opposite photos of the British Chancellor bombing, see below) that in the event of an air raid: “At Devoran School it was decided that when the Falmouth siren was heard, six miles or so away, the children would file out hand-in-hand, walk through the village to the Old Tram Road, then an unsurfaced track by Restronguet Creek and hide under the hedges and bushes at Narabo.” Sometimes the sirens from the Falmouth docks or Pendennis Castle can still eeriely be heard on special occasions up river at Devoran with the wind in the right direction.