Photograph of a baby in a gas protection tent.

George Ellis was one of the few professional photographers working in Cornwall during World War II, and he captured local scenes on a day to day basis. This included: the arrival of refugees, preparation for air raids and the aftermath of these raids. The British government gave everyone, including babies, respirators (gas masks) to protect them in case Germany dropped poison gas bombs on Britain. This photograph shows one being fitted to a baby at the Welfare Centre in Liskeard in 1939.


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