Guernsey Evac­u­a­tion

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Sir: The item in “Cor­nu­copia” (Spring 2016) about the evac­u­a­tion of Jer­sey prior to the Nazi oc­cu­pa­tion re­minded me of my own evac­u­a­tion from Guernsey.

I had just started at my first school in south Lon­don when war was de­clared and the evac­u­a­tion of chil­dren was an­nounced. My mother de­cided that we would all stay to­gether and try to re­main with my fa­ther, who had joined the RAFVR as an ac­coun­tant of­fi­cer a few weeks be­fore. So, in June 1940, we trav­elled to Guernsey where Dad was at the RAF sta­tion there, oth­er­wise known as Guernsey Air­port. My sis­ter and I were soon in the lo­cal school, but not for long — 10 days to be pre­cise! With other ser­vice fam­i­lies, and many more is­lan­ders, we were evac­u­ated back to Eng­land two days be­fore the Ger­mans ar­rived. Un­like

The re­gal duck house launched, to cel­e­brate The Queen’s 90th birth­day, in the vil­lage of Olve­ston near Bristol. See let­ter this page.

The me­mo­rial in a Stafford­shire church with con­nec­tions to Vera Brit­tain. See let­ter above.

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