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Evacuees (Paperback)

Children's Lives on the WW2 Home Front

P&S History > By Century > 20th Century P&S History > Social History WWII

By Gillian Mawson
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 200
Illustrations: 100-125 B&W Photos
ISBN: 9781399085076
Published: 9th February 2022



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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.

"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."


As featured in.

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine August 2016

As featured in

Barking and Dagenham Post

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


Gillian Mawson does a great service to our understanding and knowledge of what these children lived through and endured, giving us a useful additional understanding of the social history of Home Front Britain.

Britain at War

As featured in Wrekin News.

Wrekin News

A unique collection of oral histories exploring WWII evacuations and a fascinating and moving document for posterity.

Your Family Tree Magazine

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

Evacuee Magazine

As seen in the North Devon Journal.

North Devon Journal

This book gives a unique insight into the evacuation experience from the mouths of those who lived through it, before they are lost to us forever.
It is packed with posters, documents and photographs, some from local groups archives and others 'rescued from old suitcases and attics', along with useful websites and contacts for further research. The breadth of experiences touched upon is extraordinary.

Family Tree Magazine

As seen in the Derby Telegraph.

Derby Telegraph

A fascinating insight into the many different experiences of what was a brave undertaking both for those that implemented the programme and also those who were evacuated.

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine

As seen in The Guide (Prestwich & Whitefield).

The Guide (Prestwich & Whitefield)

As seen in the Dorset Echo.

Dorset Echo

Author and researcher Gillian Mawson's fantastic new book includes some fascinating stories...It sheds light on an often ignored part of social history.

Bury Times

As seen in the Stockport Times.

Stockport Times

As seen in the Liverpool Echo.

Liverpool Echo

As seen in the Matlock Mercury.

Matlock Mercury

As seen in the Great Yarmouth Mercury.

Great Yarmouth Mercury

As seen in the Stockport Express.

Stockport Express

As seen in the South Wales Evening Post.

South Wales Evening Post

As seen in the Buxton Advertiser.

Buxton Advertiser

As seen in the Lancashire Evening Post.

Lancashire Evening Post

As seen in the Carmarthen Journal.

Carmarthen Journal

As seen in the Glossop Chronicle

Glossop Chronicle
 Gillian Mawson

About Gillian Mawson

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.

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