Throughout the course of the Second World War, around 3 million British people were evacuated. Gillian Mawson has interviewed 600 evacuees, including mothers and teachers who travelled with the children to take them to safety.
During the war, some evacuees wrote poems which described their experiences of leaving home, the evacuation journey and what it was like to be 'chosen' by local families at journey's end. When the war ended, they described meeting their parents once again, whilst some described their sadness at leaving behind the 'foster families' they had come to love.
Brought together for the very first time, these poems are emotional and moving and share an overlooked aspect of wartime evacuation.
The cover of Rhymes and Remembrance: Poetry written by Britain's Second World War Evacuees features on its front cover a photograph showing evacuees arriving at Disley in August 1940.
A share of the profits from the book will be donated to RAF Metheringham Airfield Museum.
Gillian Mawson is a researcher and writer who has a keen interest in Britain during the 1930s and 1940s. Born in Stockport and currently living in Derbyshire, she enjoys interviewing people who have lived through extraordinary times. She has interviewed over 600 evacuees from Britain, the Channel Islands and Gibraltar, including evacuated mothers and teachers. She works with school, museums and history groups to share wartime stories, documents and images through exhibitions and events. She organises evacuee reunions in England and in Guernsey, provides research for radio and television documentaries and runs a community group in Manchester for Second World War evacuees. She is the author of three books on wartime evacuation and has written articles on the Second World War Home Front for numerous magazines and newspapers. Gillian shares information on the Second World War on her personal Facebook page.
Her blog describing the 1940 Guernsey evacuation to England can be found online at: https://guernseyevacuees.wordpress.com/evacuation/