Friday, 13 August 2010
The events of 1940 have been commemorated by a set of stamps in 2010 called 'Britain Alone' portraying the home front. This particular maximum card shows brother and sister evacuees, and the stamp, a group of children about to board the train. All with their luggage labels bearing their details and a small pieces of luggage. Operation Pied Piper took place in 1939 when 3 million children were evacuated from the towns and cities at risk of bombing and moved to rural areas. In addition Mothers with small children under 5, pregnant women and some disabled were evacuated. It must have been a logistical nightmare and things did not always go smoothly, but everybody eventually muddled through. Later some children went back home but there was a further evacuation after the fall of France and the Blitz in September 1940. One can only imagine what it would be like as a small child to be sent away to a strange place, away from family and friends and the evacuees had both good and bad experiences. The lucky ones like someone I knew who was evacuated to village of Keswick in the north of the beautiful Lake District remembered the time with affection and used to go back and visit her 'war family'. Last year a 70th anniversary reunion took place at St Paul's Cathedral and a brief articles about this and their experiences is here
The image that always stays in my memory is seeing films of platforms filled with labelled small children heading off into the unknown with all their possessions in a small bag. Perhaps to board a train like this
Beth of The Best Hearts Are Crunchy is our hostess of Postcard Friendship Friday.