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This review is from: Guernsey Evacuees (Paperback)
I was one of those evacuees. Gillian has done a service to social history by contacting people both in Guernsey and in North West England, now mostly in their seventies or older and recording their experiences of 1940 - 1945. This redaction of eye witness accounts brings together much information about a unique and difficult period in British history. In the space of two days or so a large proportion of the schoolchildren in Guernsey, then a quiet rural community. left their parents and were evacuated to North West England and Scotland a few days in advance of the German occupation of the Channel Islands. They had little contact with their parents during those five formative years of their lives and many formed strong bonds with their foster parents. Gillian has also recorded and examined the effect upon the foster parents when their adopted children left them in the summer of 1945 and the difficulties that many children found when reunited with parents that they had not seen for five years. She must be commended for undertaking this work and contacting so many now ageing people whilst still alive to tell of their experiences.