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Evacuee identified from archive
Crabb evacuees - courtesy of Photographs of Cornwall
Shirley Cattermole was evacuated to Cornwall between 1941 and 1945
A newly-launched Cornish website containing thousands of historic photographs of the county has enjoyed its first international success.

Californian Shirley Cattermole, originally from Plymouth, posted an inquiry on the internet about her days as an evacuee in St Austell.

It was spotted by researcher George Pritchard, from Stithians.

He looked on the Photographs of Cornwall site and found a picture of her aged seven in St Austell in 1942.

Terry Knight, principal librarian at the Cornwall Centre, which is behind the new site, said: "She recalled the family name of Crabb and was keen to hear from anyone in Cornwall who recognised it ."

It would be wonderful to be able to identify everyone in the photo
Terry Knight
Mr Pritchard searched the site for images of evacuees and came up with one taken by the late George Ellis of Bodmin, whose collection of about 115,000 photographic negatives is held by the Cornwall Centre.

"The picture was captioned by Mr Ellis as Mrs Crabb, 5a Eastbourne Road, St Austell, with her 13 evacuee children and taken in July 1942 ," said Mr Knight.

Mr Pritchard forwarded the picture to the US and Ms Cattermole confirmed she was the first girl on the right of the picture.

Mr Knight is now appealing for others in the picture to come forward and identify themselves.

"It would be wonderful to be able to identify everyone in the photo," he said. "It could even lead to a reunion."

The 2,000 images one the site have been collected over last 30 years by archivists at the Cornwall Centre in Redruth and date back to the early 1900s.

The images include photos taken during World War II of evacuees, land girls and collections of aluminium for the war effort.

The Cornwall Centre is the home of the Cornish Studies Library, which specialises in researching and archiving the county's history.

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13 Jun 06 |  Cornwall

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