Evacuee's lifelong love of county
DURING the Second World War, Cornwall became the destination for many evacuees who were forced to take refuge from the inner cities.
The county was deemed a safe place to go in wartime, and became home to hundreds of children from across the UK.
Although only a brief time in a child's life, the story of one evacuee's placement in west Cornwall shows that the connection to the region remained with him throughout his life.
Michael Barry was evacuated to Ludgvan from his home in Hyde Park Square in London when he was just eight years old.
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When he arrived he was paired with another boy, Ken Berry, after their similar surnames caused them to be mistaken for brothers.
The boys were taken to stay with the Wallis family at their farmhouse in Rose-in-Vale, where he was to spend many happy years for the duration of the war with the family's four other children.
For many evacuees, the years spent in the region were remembered fondly and Michael had a special place in his heart for Ludgvan and the Wallis family long after he left.
Michael's daughter, Kathy Magnall, said: "I guess to a young lad living in London it would have felt like a very long holiday living in Cornwall, so close to the sea and with lots of fresh air and healthy food.
"From what I gather he didn't have much contact with his family while he lived there."
Following the end of the war, Michael moved to Australia and worked as a jackaroo, before joining the Australian Army.
It was while stationed in Korea that he met his wife Toshie, who moved back with him to England where the couple married in May 1956.
They settled in Buckinghamshire, where they went on to have four children, but Cornwall was never far from his thoughts.
As he brought up his own family, Michael secured their ties to the area and the family enjoyed regular holidays to the west coast.
The links remain strong between both families and Kathy remembers her father being particularly happy on those visits.
"Dad always, until his dying day, felt that the Wallis family were more his family than his true family and we made many trips down to Cornwall over the years.
"Luckily he was able to visit the family shortly before his death," she said.
Michael died in July 2000, aged 69.
Such was his love of Cornwall that his family had a commemorative plaque put on a bench overlooking St Michael's Mount to remember him in the place he grew so fond of.