In the first four days of Septembernearly 3, people were transported from towns and cities in danger from enemy bombers to places of safety in the countryside. Most were schoolchildren, who had been labelled like pieces of luggage, separated from their parents and accompanied instead by a small army of guardians -teachers. Few realised that within a week, a quarter of the population of Britain would have a new address. Talking to evacuees now about the events of those days in recalls painful memories that have been deeply hidden for 60 years, exposing the trauma of separation and isolation and the tensions of fear and anger.
Share this article Share The following morning, if there were tears I don't remember them. Jack and I stood at a carriage window, waving and shouting at Mum on the platform in a crowd of other mums.
She mouthed 'Don't forget the code', as though we could have. She told me years later that she went home and sobbed. I still cannot think of her inventiveness and bravery, even now nearly 70 years later, without my eyes filling. After what seemed like an age, we eventually rumbled past the sentries on Saltash Bridge and into Cornwall, and the train finally stopped in a station tucked into a deep little valley.
We didn't even know how to say it. Was this a foreign country? Our bus followed another down a long, winding hill through strange folded countryside to a village school - granite and bleak - nothing like the brick-and-tile, airy schools in our modern pebble-dash London estates.
Sitting suitcases, and one girl standing, these children wait nervously to find out who will take them in Sixty or so of us were herded into the main schoolroom and the villagers crowded in after us, slowly circling, picking out the most likely candidates.
This auction of children, with no money involved, seemed almost medieval, but I can think of no better way of dispersing us and a good job was done because no brothers and sisters were split up that day.
A hand suddenly grabbed my hair, an action I always hated. I cannot be quite sure about my first reaction to this person, older than my mother, who laid claim to me in such a way. Outside, she called out to someone. You call him Uncle Jack. And I'm Auntie Rose. Neighbours looked out of doors at us.
Child evacuees board a aboard a train as it leaves London, where they are handed refreshments That night on a shared mattress in the passageway, we stared at Mum's postcard and considered our code.
We had been in Doublebois about a week when we spotted the Plymouth train pulling into the station. I stared in wonder.
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My mother - my mother, lugging a heavy suitcase - was actually trudging up from the station towards me. She had received our card all right, but had turned up anyway.
I have no real idea of how our city-dwelling, middle-class mother got on with Auntie Rose, who came from a Welsh mining village. But that first meeting must have gone well because Mum told her about the kisses code and our judgment of her.
I hope it gave Auntie Rose the pleasure she deserved. School was a good mile's walk away. No one gave it a second thought and I don't think there was a single fat child and few, if any, adults. Wartime rationing had nothing to do with it: Us vackies and the local children looked at each other and it was instant war.
They only had to open their mouths to be objects of ridicule to us.Seventy years ago this week saw the biggest mass evacuation in Britain's history. Three million people - mostly children - were taken to places of safety in the countryside to escape Hitler's bombs.
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Haydn Farr has sent us the following message. I was a Caerleon boy, and I remember the evacuees who came to our village. We in Caerleon were sheltered from the war and as young children we had no real understanding of the hardships suffered by those who lived through the blitz.
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