Few evacuees were given any idea of their final destinations, despite the efforts of the women and teachers to obtain information. Beryl Merrien recalled:. The sight of industrial towns was a shock to these rural women, who recall their first glimpses of smoking chimneys, double decker buses, terraced houses and factories. Some women also endured prejudice from people who had no idea that the islanders were actually British.
And you speak perfect English too! The evacuees were initially housed in evacuee reception centres, but when Guernsey was occupied by Germany, they were moved into more permanent accommodation. Now hundreds of Guernsey mothers were scattered throughout England and Scotland, many with babies or infants, but with no money or possessions.
Many were also trying to find their older children who had previously been evacuated to England with their schools. When Mrs Edmonds tried to find members of her family, Wigan council advised her to contact Nantwich Council because that particular Guernsey evacuee school had been sent there. Most of the women received a helping hand from their northern neighbours, and as a result they remained in contact with them after the war.
Agnes Scott moved into a house in Manchester;. Word must have got around, because neighbours knocked at the door with all kinds of household equipment which were most useful, as we had nothing. I will never forget the so many kindnesses we received. After the war, some of the women decided not to return to Guernsey at all, but to remain in the English communities in which they had settled.
I have also been given access to wartime diaries, Red Cross letters and photographs from mothers who are sadly no longer with us. Many contain notes, poems, photographs and newspaper cuttings between their pages, which paint a picture of the lives that these women created for themselves in England between and I had not read the background before. Thanks for alerting me to it on twitter. It must be fascinating reading the diaries of these women and talking to them is priceless. Hi Gill.
Your blog is becoming more and more interesting Love it.
Good luck with your book. Best wishes Rita. So looking forward to your book coming out Gillian. What a way to preserve a piece of social history. Well done! Thank you…. Your email address will not be published. Email Address. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
Notify me of follow-up comments by email. The rest of the family stayed and the mainland British born ones, their spouses and children were all taken to Biberach in Bavaria where they were interned for the duration of the war. They were not mistreated but they were desperately short of food, medication and warm clothing. One aunt suffered permanent alopecia, one uncle lost both legs, one aunt suffered psychological problems and one cousin lost a lung. None of them were ever the same again after their return. Dad was just short of 18 at the time and as soon as he reached that age, joined the army and went through the war in that capacity.
In he married my mother in England before returning to Germany where he served as a Military Policeman.
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Imagine the politically correct uproar that would cause now! It was a tough time and he never got back to Guernsey except for holidays. I look forward to a reply from you, yours thankfully , Brett Duquemin. My mother in law, Eileen Le Poidevin nee Mullet Told me her parents and herself left on the last boat out. This was a family joke as Eileen was late for everything. Her father was a builder and built lots of the bungalows around Cobo Bay. Returning to Guernsey after the war and continuing the building business. Eileen then married William Le Poidevin who had stayed during the occupation.
Thank you for this information Kay, I have very little information on Channel Island evacuees who sent to the Isle of Wight. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Sign me up! Guernsey Evacuees Oral History.
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Like this: Like Loading August 11, at am. Thanks for sharing this. I knew the original story and it is incredibly touching. August 11, at pm.
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So is yours! I had a little fun putting a sign on mine last night. April 10, at pm. Thank you Gillian. A great site and a great job of keeping British history alive. April 11, at pm.
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