Evacuees remembered

There are plenty of clues that tell of the evacuation of people from the cities to our part of North Pembrokeshire during the early days of the Second World War.

We know that our area  welcomed young evacuees. They are smiling at us from old school photos

Dinas County Primary School 1943-5 evacuees

Dinas County Primary School. Early 1940s. Back row Alfie Clark. Middle row Frankie Hitchens.

and are remembered in places that they loved.

Alex Walter Evacuee bench

Nevern was unusual, however, in making provision for the elderly who had been rendered homeless by the blitz. I have already mentioned the ladies who were evacuated to Llwyngwair in 1940. As a result of Heather Hill’s research, we have discovered some fascinating information about the lives of some of them and I will be posting a short chapter, telling their stories, every day next week on this blog (from Sunday 13th to Saturday 19th September).

nevern-evacueesNext week marks the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. It will be commemorated at Church Services around the country including at St Brynach’s Church, Nevern. On Battle of Britain Sunday, 20th September, the names of the Nevern evacuees will be read out during the church service, and their lives and suffering during the blitz remembered.

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2 Responses to Evacuees remembered

  1. calmgrove says:

    What a lovely way to commemorate those individuals, instead of en masse as public events will do. And I applaud that you highlight the elderly who were affected as well as the more photogenic youngsters who usually are sentimentally recalled as evacuees. Look forward to your next posts.

  2. Stan Angel says:

    My name is Stan Angel I was a evacuee with my my two sisters at Dinas Cross when ww2 was declared we were at a church hall school at dinas me and my sister Joyce stayed with the Owen Family and my sister Joan was with The Bowen family we were very lucky the family’s we stayed with they were very kind to us.I am still in contact with the Owen’s Grandson Wyn Davis..After the war I stayed on in for a while and went to the Dinas School were Jack Francis was headmaster also Rita Owen was at the school. I am trying to find out what year I went to the schools in Dinas and the year I returned and do you have records of the teachers and children at the evacuee school. I remember seeing the RAF plan crash into the Dinas mountain on September 1944. Is it possible to find the records . Kind regards Stan Angel.

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