Verona's war work - probably in a munitions factory - ended in tragedy, and to recognise her untimely death we would like to leave a 'poppy' themed stone here at her resting place, or a bunch of fresh red roses - in the flower vase provided at the site. Alternatively, we can leave a bunch of flowers grown in Cornwall (when available).  

Verona Francis


14th June 1941 - St Day Road Cemetery, Redruth

Verona, aged just 20, died of burns in the Redruth-Camborne Miner's hospital, and is noted on her headstone as  'a heroine... died doing her duty'.  In the papers of the time, there is no indication of what accident befell Verona, only that it occurred in Camborne, and also involved another young woman, Mrs Bessie Williams of Brea village, age 20, a widow with a young child.  It is likely that the accident occurred at the munitions factory in Camborne, perhaps at Holman's, and that in line with National Security considerations, no details were released in the press. 

In the 1939 census, Verona is noted as being a 'cordite fuse maker'. 

Later in the war, Verona's brother, Donald, died at sea. It would seem that their mother, Annie, was a single parent, and they lived at 5 Middle Row, Redruth, during this period, with their younger brother Gerald.

Annie - Grace Ann Francis - is also buried here; she died on 7th December 1948, aged 59 years.