IN LOVING MEMORY OF OUR DEAR EVACUEES WHO WERE BLITZED DURING THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN 1940

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Who were these evacuees with a memorial in Nevern? Up to now I had always thought that evacuees were school children who left the towns for the countryside with their teachers, but this seems to point to something different. The Bowens, judging from the family plot in the old churchyard,  must have been the gentry of Nevern and Air Commodore J B Bowen presumably paid for this  monument; it stands by the path and attracts the attention of visitors to the new graveyard, just over the road from the Church.

The gravestone with its thirteen names (were they all women?) heads a plot that could be large enough for 13 graves but there is nothing on the grass to mark individual burial sites. These elderly evacuees, with the exception of W Allen and Leah Hunt, are all from London and died between 1941 and 1945. Did the Air Commodore pay for their burials so far from home?

What is the story behind this? Does anyone know?

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5 Responses to IN LOVING MEMORY OF OUR DEAR EVACUEES WHO WERE BLITZED DURING THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN 1940

  1. Heather Hill says:

    I have no answer … as yet, but I have been told that there were evacuees at Penrallt during the war so I’m on the case!

  2. Natasha says:

    Extraordinary! I can’t believe I have never noticed this. Could they have been patients or residents of a hospital or home of some sort?
    We must find out more!

  3. Natasha says:

    You have probably already found this but I searched for the most unusual name and found listed in the 1891 census
    NAME: Esther A Loh
    SPOUSE: Anton Vonpadna Loh
    BIRTH: abt 1861 – city, London, England
    RESIDENCE: 1891 – city, London, England

    That would make her about the right age at death.

  4. Thanks. I did Google some of the names but found nothing. I tagged all the names individually in the post so that anyone searching would find my photo of the Nevern memorial.

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