Evacuees: Children's Lives on the WW2 Home Front

Gillian Mawson

Date Published :
April 2022
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
100-125 b/w Photos
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Binding : Hardback
ISBN : 9781783831531

Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stockPages : 144
Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781399085076

Dimensions : 9.1 X 6.1 inches
Stock Status : In stockPages : 200
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On the outbreak of the Second World War, during the first week of September 1939 over three million people were evacuated. Operation Pied Piper was the largest ever transportation of people across Britain, and most of those moved to safety in the countryside were schoolchildren.

Social historian Gillian Mawson has spent years collecting the stories of former evacuees and this book includes the personal memories of over 100, in their own words. Their accounts reveal what it was like to settle into a new home with strangers, often staying for years. While many enjoyed life in the countryside, some escaping inner-city poverty, others endured ill-treatment and homesickness.

A fascinating insight into the realities of wartime life, and a valuable oral history of a unique moment in British history.

About The Author

Gillian Mawson has made a particular study of the evacuations of the Second World War. She has organised evacuee reunions, provided research to radio and television documentaries on the subject of evacuation and run a community group for evacuees. She is also the author of two other books on the evacuees. Gillian lives in Whalley Bridge, Derbyshire.


"However different, all the stories in this book underline one thing: there is so much more to the story of evacuation during that horrific Nazi war than the images of children arriving at railway stations, clutching gas masks, and with labels tied to their coats, which have entered the popular imagination."

- ARGunners.com

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