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Hotel Guests in Falmouth

by cornwallcsv

Contributed by 
cornwallcsv
People in story: 
Harry Pilgrim, Captain John Tucker, Quentin Reynolds, the Lake Brothers,
Location of story: 
Nansidwell Hotel, near Falmouth Cornwall
Background to story: 
Civilian
Article ID: 
A3996354
Contributed on: 
03 May 2005

This story was submitted to the People's War website by Nina Davey on behalf of Harry Pilgrim the author, and has been added to the site with his permission. The author fully understands the site's terms and conditions.

We had many interesting and important visitors during the war, including Captain John Tucker, one day to become my brother-in-law. Although in the army he was attached to the naval S.I.S. operations in the Helford River. Broadcaster, Quentin Reynolds, the man who told us Hitler was originally called Scicklegruber and of Jewish extraction, was another. Guests came at all times of the year, some just to get a rest from the bombing. This included the Lake brothers — owners of The Falmouth Packet. Some guests insisted on sleeping in our extensive cellars, where we had installed beds, running water and cut through two extra exit ways. Two lady guests used this facility regularly. They had a real horror of being bombed, but worse being buried in the rubble and no one knowing who they were. This prompted a guest to write:- There were two ladies from Leicester who went to bed with pinned to their chest’a. Name age and station and nearest relation, the name of their dressmaker too!

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