Bodmin at War as You’ve Never Seen Before

A professional press photographer, Mr Ellis moved to Cornwall from London at the outbreak of the Second World War. From 1939 until the late 1970s, he dedicated much of his life to documenting various news stories and community events right across Cornwall and Devon. His collection of images held at Kresen Kernow are a wonderful record of community life in Cornwall during the second half of the twentieth century – from village fetes, agricultural shows and weddings to capturing historic moments which affected our county in the Second World War.

As part of our Second World War project work and with the assistance of Kresen Kernow, we have put together the below slideshow of around 100 digitised George Ellis images taken in or around Bodmin, Cornwall from the period of 1939-1945.