Leo Walmsley (1892-1966)

Leo Walmsley was born in Shipley in 1892. His father was the painter Ulric Walmsley. In 1894 his family moved to Robin Hood's Bay, where he was schooled at the old Wesleyan chapel.

During World War I he served as an observer with the Royal Flying Corps in East Africa, was mentioned in dispatches four times and was awarded the Military Cross. After a plane crash he was sent home, and eventually pursued a literary career. He settled in Cornwall, where he was a friend of the writer Daphne du Maurier.

Many of his books are mainly autobiographical, the best known are his Bramblewick trilogy set in Robin Hood's Bay: Three Fevers, Phantom Lobster and Sally Lunn. The first of these was filmed as Turn of the Tide.

External Links

The Walmsley Society
Wikipedia article on Leo Walmsley




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