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By a strange twist of history, Hilter's brother himself lived in Liverpool before the war and it is believed that the young Adolf Hitler himself visited the city once and had a pint in the Poste House pub on Cumberland Street. The Liverpool Corporation arranged for children to be moved to the quiet countryside of Cheshire and North Wales, where they would be much safer from bomb attacks.  Many children were evacuated by ship from Liverpool to Canada, South Africa, New Zealand or Australia and many of these evacuees never returned home. Inevitably, children reacted differently to this stressful upheaval… some were frightened, others saw it as a great adventure!  Many had not been to the countryside before, nor seen fields or farm animals and were overwhelmed by their new surroundings.
Posted on January 25, 2011 by Victoria.This entry was posted in History and tagged blitz, evacuation, history, liverpool, world war II. Having been evacuated to Swaffam, Norfolk in 1939, I am curious to know how the project was funded; by central or local government? According to the BBC, the government paid around 7s 6d (about 75p) per child per week to the host families.
The people who took me in were not unkind, but the food smelled strange and I was afraid to eat anything.
My name is Tony Quillan and I also was evacuated to Wales in 1940 to a place called Llandrindod Wells. That’s my mother and her older sister pictured in the 5th photograph (my mother is the short dark-haired girl in the middle and her older sister immediately to her left). My mother moved to New Zealand in the early 60s and we stumbled upon this picture by accident when friends brought some books on Liverpool over to the house.
My mother, Dora Lewis, was a Primary School teacher at Beach Road Council Primary School (Infants Dept) Litherland during World War 2.
She and children from the school were evacuated for a short time to Blackpool and then for longer to Wales. My mother later applied for a different teaching post in June 1942 and Daniel Lewis provided a reference for her.
Besides teaching both Infants and Juniors of this group in a Church Hall 3 miles from the nearest school. I have been in contact with the current vicar at Llanyre, a Ben Griffith, who thinks the school with which she would have been connected was the Oxford Road School in Llandrindod Wells, which no longer exists but has been replaced by a school called Cefnllys.
My mother died in 2003 but I have been trying to find out details of her and the children’s evacuation. Any information would be greatly appreciated or tips as to whom I could approach for more info. One of the earlier posts was from someone who had been evacuated from Bootle to Llandrindod Wells and I wonder if there is a connection with my mother’s evacuation. My father, James Morgan, was evacuated to Ruabon from Liverpool with his two older brothers, Richard and Michael. I know of a similar incident that happened further out west near Aberystwyth (I think) where a lad was killed and someone else injured. We were the last two on the platform of a North Welsh village, having arrived there by train.
My memories of Wales are pleasant and believe that our twin togetherness helped us many times. It was a farming area, we used to go to a farm each morning and bring back a small canister of milk. I do wish I could find the name of the village, but never thought of asking my older family of uncles and aunts until too late! I AM 78 YEARS OLD AND WAS EVACUATED FROM LIVERPOOL DURING THE LAST WAR WITH MY BROTHER, MALCOLM AND WITH MY MOTHER WHO VISITED US EVERY FEW WEEKS. WE WERE BILLETED OUT IN PICKMERE, CHESHIRE IN A LOVELY LARGE HOUSE RIGHT ON THE SIDE OF THE LAKE OWNED BY A LOVELY, KIND LADY MRS GREENWOOD. GIVEN MY AGE MY MEMORIES OF THE WAR YEARS IN LIVERPOOL, AND THEREAFTER, ARE EXTREMELY VIVID.
I wonder if anyone reading, or members of their family, went to St Monica’s school in Bootle before the war and can remember what village in Wales they were evacuated too?
I’ve just found that my Dad, who was a teacher when war broke out, was in Atcham in Shropshire when the 1939 register was taken. Does anybody know if any schools were evacuated there and if so did the teachers go with them? I’m looking for a brother and sister, Bernard and Pauline Sweeney from Edgehill, Liverpool, who came to Anglesey as evacuees. The British government was worried that a new war might begin when Hitler came to power in 1933. Evacuation tried to ensure the safety of young children from the cities that were considered to be in danger of German bombing - London, Coventry, Birmingham, Portsmouth etc. A further two million or so more wealthy individuals evacuated 'privately', some settling in hotels for the duration and several thousands travelling to Canada, the United States, South Africa, Australia and the Caribbean. 1.5 Million children, pregnant women and other vulnerable people such as the disabled, evacuated to safer countryside locations in just two days. There were no big bombing raids on Britain in the first months of the war (know as The Phoney War) as a result by early 1940 many children had returned home.
They were evacuated again when heavy bombing raids started in the autumn of 1940 - The Blitz - and then again later, in 1944, when Germany attacked Britain with V1 Flying Bombs and V2 rockets.
By the end of the Second World War around 3.5 million people, mainly children had experienced evacuation. The children at Compton Primary School in Plymouth have written letters summing up perfectly how evacuees must have felt.
These extracts from letters sent by a mum to a girl called Delia, who was evacuated from London to the country.


A policeman helps some young evacuees, and a nun who is escorting them, at a London station.
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Every evacuee had a gas mask, food for the journey (such as sandwiches, apples, chocolate) and a small bag for washing things and clothes. Teachers sent letters home telling parents what to pack for evacuees: washing things, clean clothes, 'strong walking shoes', and a favourite book. Evacuees were told to take food to last 2 days - including cold meat, hard-boiled eggs, biscuits and fruit.
Host 'mothers' swapped stories about evacuees, such as how some poor children refused to get in the bath. Paintings from the National Gallery were 'evacuated' for safety from London to a quarry in Wales.
One country mum wrote to a magazine to ask if she could swap her town-evacuees, because they were 'rough and rude'. Countries (including Britain, France, the Soviet Union and the USA) who joined forces to fight the Axis Powers. Weapon first used in 1945 when two bombs were dropped on Japan, killing more than 100,000 people. A network of civilian volunteers who assisted in the war effort by helping in air raids and rescuing people from bombed buildings. Short for National Socialist Party (in Germany), a follower of Hitler was also called a Nazi. Website of the Telegraph Media Group with breaking news, sport, business, latest UK and world news.
Throughout World War Two, in a massively complex and dramatic operation, approximately three million people were evacuated from towns and cities that were in danger of being bombed by enemy aircraft. Edward Gill, an evacuee from Manchester, fondly remembers Christmas 1939 and how it was the first peoper Christmas he and his brothers experienced. Terry Charman, Senior Historian at the IWM London, and Dr Martin Parsons, from the University of Reading, explain how evacuation was planned and why.
Evacuees remember their journeys out to the countryside, in contrast to contemporary newspaper and radio reports.
Evacuees recall some of the ill treatment they suffered in their new places of supposed safety. The evacuation of around three million people to rural locations beyond the reach of German air attacks deeply affected the nation. The organisation required to undertake the task of moving three million people around the country was phenomenal. Evacuation didn't just take place from major cities, nor did all evacuees stay in the UK; some travelled abroad.
The first day of the evacuation was portrayed in the national press as a great success and an example of the people's optimism, strength and commitment to the war effort.
For some children this was their first taste of living in the countryside or abroad; not all of them found the change easy to adapt to. Explore the BBC News News Sport Weather Shop Earth Travel Capital iPlayer Culture Autos Future TV Radio CBBC CBeebies Food iWonder Bitesize Travel Music Earth Arts Make It Digital Taster Nature Local Terms of Use About the BBC Privacy Policy Cookies Accessibility Help Parental Guidance Contact the BBC Advertise with us Ad choices Copyright © 2016 BBC. With food in short supply, food rationing was introduced, with families only being allowed certain small amounts of food per week.
However hard it might have been, for many parents this was one way to ensure their children would survive even if Britain was invaded.
Once the family found out about the 7s 6d which was paid to the adoptive households, they jumped on to the big swindle and fixed it so all the kids lived in Oxford. Does anyone out there know what happened in WW2 to the kids at Tiber Street School in Toxteth?
Sadly, my aunt died in 1994 and my mother in 2009 and although this is a bittersweet memory for me and my family, it’s also a fascinating piece of family history. I remember sitting on the steps of the Church each Sunday, a small outhouse with toys, a small stream at the bottom of the garden, with cows looking over the fence on the other side, looking at us. I AM CURRENTLY READING ABOUT THE LIVERPOOL BLITZ, AS MY GRANDSON ASKED ME TO GIVE A TALK TO HIS CLASS OF EIGHT YEAR OLDS AT HIS SCHOOL. I FOUND THE HOUSE A NUMBER OF YEARS AGO, SPOKE TO THE RESIDENTS AND NEIGHBOURS, WHO HAD NO RECOLLECTION OF THIS LADY.
They were afraid that British cities and towns would be targets for bombing raids by aircraft. Some children were sent to stay with relatives outside in the countryside, but others were sent to live with complete strangers.
Householders in the country who billeted (housed) city children were given money by the government.
No one was forced to go but parents were encouraged by posters and told that their children would be safer from German bombs if they moved to the country. The children had to leave their families and homes behind and try to fit in with host families in the country.
They stood at railway stations not knowing where they were going nor if they would be split from brothers and sisters who had gathered with them.


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Most became friends, though local children sometimes said it was unfair when the 'townies' were given sweets and parties!
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The experience was not always the exciting and jolly one that contemporary propaganda portrayed. Terry Charman and Dr Martin Parsons explain there were no checks on foster parents and abuse was often swept under the carpet.
This was the first time an official evacuation had ever been deemed necessary and the experience of mass evacuation - the biggest and most concentrated movement of people in British history - remains uppermost in the minds of those who lived through the war. A committee led by Sir John Anderson was set up and met for three months from May 1938, consulting railway officials, teachers and the police. Britain also feared invasion from the sea and the eastern and south-eastern coasts were particularly vulnerable. But many witnesses remember only chaos and confusion, and parents were heartbroken to see their families divided. This lasted for 10 years!  Even the football league stopped - with no matches played for 6 years. I would like to get in touch with any of the family who are still alive, as I was very good friends with the farmer’s son. There where 8 kids in total living with there big sister Sissy, who had a new name so there was no connection between the Booths of Bootle and the Smiths of Oxford, in fact they got more money because they kept all of one family together, SMART OR WHAT? He cant remember the name of the place he went in Wales but is desperate to find out where he went. I have a picture of my dad there as a six-year-old in 1935 and am assuming he was evacuated when war started, although he never mentioned it.
My brother went to the new Liverpool Museum yesterday and said there is an exhibit from Tiber St about children during the war, so I’d like to try and get in touch with anyone, hence finding your enquiry. Our parents came to visit, but found the place so far away some of the mothers brought us back home. WE ARRIVED IN PICKMERE, I THINK AROUND EARLY 1942, HAVING STAYED IN WALTON, LIVERPOOL AS MUM SAID WE SHOULD BE SAFE. They felt scared about being away from their families but also excited about going to a place they had never seen before and only read about in books. It was quite exciting, but most children felt sad as they waved goodbye to their mothers and the steam train puffed away. The majority of people who were evacuated were children and, for that reason, the operation was codenamed Pied Piper, fittingly named after the rather menacing German folk character. Local billeting officers were appointed to find suitable homes for evacuees and they set about interviewing possible hosts. Others, however, found new friends and enjoyed new experiences and, when the war came to an end, the return to city life was equally emotional.
I am planning to go back to the lovely school and church we went to and try to relive the past. My mum’s sister lived higher up the street, she was my aunty ethel and one of her sons was captured in Arnhem. She is now 86 and would love to know any information from someone who may have known of her. JUST PRIOR TO LEAVING LIVERPOOL WE HAD AN INCENDIARY BOMB THROUGH THE ROOF AND WE WERE SENT PACKING POST HASTE.
WHILST STAYING WITH MRS GREENWOOD, I RECALL ALSO STAYING IN THE HOUSE, THE CREW OF AN AMERICAN BOMBER, THAT CRASHED LANDED OUTSIDE LIVERPOOL AND WAS RECUPERATING. We watched Carrie’s War together once and my father got very upset at the scene of the children left in the village hall because it reminded him that no body wanted them because they would not be separated. Following selection, a host was compelled to take an evacuee; those who refused faced the threat of a fine. Children were tagged and allowed to carry a stipulated amount of luggage along with their gas masks. My dad is 77 in 6 days and i know it would be great for my dad to know any information about anyone or anything about were he might have been evacuated to at thT time. They did not have an allocated foster family to meet them and were hand-selected on arrival, which led to the agonising experience for some of being chosen last. We moved to warrington at the end the war and sadly we all split up, but I often talk about it to my sister. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.
My dad and his siblings have passed away now, but I would like to find out where he was evacuated to for him.



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