The first thing she can remember about the war is a barrage balloon flying over our heads as a two year old girl. Her three brothers were evacuated to an aria near Winchester and used to send post cards.
As a little girl she had to go to the cold dark cellars with outside toilets there mouther would collect any water going as the well was so fare away and she used to moan at farther because he put to much jam on his toast (he had a sweat tooth)as the rations were very bad and unfair. And they had a mettle meat safe outside. When they had nothing else they made cottage cheese with their rations and put it on toast.
Her father was an iron moulders so wasn’t in the army which meant that mouther, father and her could move to Colden Common near Winchester in 1942 so her three brothers got home safely.
Grandmother lived in Guernsey, Chanel islands and step grandfather went on dangerous missions at sea but unlike many others survived the war during the war they took the last boat trip out of Guernsey before the Germans invaded .after the war grandmother went back and someone had looked after the cottage .the piano was still there but had been stained with bear by the German soldiers who had been staying there during the war.
Mrs Oliver was 7 when war broke out; she wasn’t evacuated but some evacuees came to stay with her. She said that the village children went to school in the morning and the evacuees went in the afternoon. Her teacher was Jewish, and her stepdad was in the army. As part of the make do and mend, her aunt knitted new jumpers out of old torn ones. At school Mrs Oliver dug for victory by growing lots of vegetables. In her village there were home guards and they weren’t allowed lights to be on at night.
Mrs Oliver had one amazing story that blew me away. Her uncle’s naval ship sunk, and they thought he was dead, but then he came back with petrol all over him. He recovered from his injuries and then went on another ship that also sunk and he survived again!
World War 2 started when Mrs Hannan, who grew up in the Welsh countryside, was 4 years old. When she was 6 years old, 2 new girls (Janet and Judy) were evacuated to the town where her school was. On their first morning, Mrs Hannan and her older sister went to the house where Janet and Judy were billeted to take them to school. Janet and Judy learnt to speak Welsh very quickly. When she was 11 years old, Mrs Hannan went to Grammar School. Food was rationed for a long time and Mrs Hannan recalled that on the rare occasion they got a mars bar they split it into 5 pieces (one for each school day). Her family had chickens and sheep, so therefore they had milk, butter and eggs. Her Mother made bread from home grown wheat and they picked wild strawberries and gooseberries on their way to school. The war ended when Mrs Hannan was 10 but rationing continued for a long time.
On the VE day party we talked to people who had witnessed World War 2. The person we spoke to was Mrs Dudfield.
Mrs Dudfield was born in 1937 and her father was in the Navy, he had loads of medals and a sailing hat. Mrs Dudfield’s father fought in World War 2 and she didn’t see him that much. She lived in Plymouth but when the bombing started, she and her mother moved to Saltash, where she also grew up. Mrs Dutfield wasn’t evacuated but she had a gas mask, which was a Micky Mouse gas mask. Even thought she moved houses she made new friends. She also told us that she had saved their kitten by carrying it to the bunker during a bombing, she was very young but old enough to save the kitten. Her mum worked in the factories in the docks during World War 2. Mrs Dudfield didn’t like rationing.
Miss Kebby was 13 when World War 2 broke out. She lived in Romsey and didn’t really know what was happening. “In Romsey, there were many troops in tents around the whole town,” she told us. She told us fascinating stories and one of them is that when she went to school, she had to knit socks for soldiers and that when it was the blackout, she was riding a bike and couldn’t really see what she was doing and nearly crashed into a lorry! The people of Romsey could hear the bombs dropping on Southampton at night, but the people of Romsey were fortunate not to get bombed. The soldiers were there just in case there was an invasion on Romsey but that never happened. In the blackout, the blackout curtains didn’t cost coupons because they were a necessity in the blackout. Around where she lived was a load of long vehicles carrying tanks. Some air men were billeted to Miss Kebby’s house; and at the station soldiers were sent on trains to go to hospital after being injured on the battlefront.
This recount is to share with everyone the exciting and interesting stories Mr Fosh retold to the Year six children during our V.E. day party last week. Mr Fosh shared some memories of the war and tales of his childhood in the disastrous times of WW2. One of the daring tales Mr Fosh recited was the perilous nights of the Blitz. When he and most of his family would quake with fear in their Anderson shelter trying to hide from the endless bombs dropping from the sky. In the times of the Blitz Mr Fosh’s father believed he should not take shelter. The reason for this being is he thought hiding was cowardly and that he should face the enemy head on. So when the bombings began in the skies above Hanwell, Middlesex, Mr Fosh’s brave and somewhat stubborn father decided to stay in the house and unsurprisingly he met his end during a night raid.
Another of Mr Fosh’s tales, which by now my group loved, was an account of him and his brother: During a day in WW2, Mr Fosh and his brother were walking in the forest and just then Mr Fosh heard a almighty gush of air as a stray V2, which by that time was not a rare sight, soared over their heads and into the town behind them. Seconds later, a humongous shock wave charged through the nearby earth, nearly throwing the boys off their feet. Because of the huge quake, Mr Fosh was completely stunned. Almost immediately, the boys tore back to the town to inspect the damage… Mr Fosh later learned the V2 had hit a department store unfortunately killing all the people within.
I have to thank Mr Fosh for telling lots of moving stories and entertaining us all with captivating memories and tales: I enjoyed them very much and I will remember this experience, Thank you!!
Mr B Wyles
Mr Wyles was very interesting, he did not get evacuated during the war instead he continued going to school. Mr Wyles went to five different schools. Half of his third school got blown up whilst the students were inside. Twenty four died in the explosion so Mr Wyles stayed at home for a year (until he was ten.) Mr Wyles showed us photos of Southampton and his street after they were bombed. Three quarters of his street got destroyed in the bomb droppings. Luckily, his house did not get hit by the bomb but the impact of the bomb tore his walls so badly that he could walk from his bedroom through the three houses sitting next to him. Mr Wyles also showed us the amount of sweets you could have per week, which was the length of one tube of polos and weighed fifty grams. Chocolate was banned. On the other hand, fish and sausages were not rationed. Once Mr Wyles went back to school, their uniform was the dead army men clothes. I really enjoyed meeting Mr Wyles and hearing his stories.
Mr Fosh was born in 1936 in the suburbs of London .
When the war began he was 3 years old when he was evacuated he was evacuated
to Handel where he helped on the farm and collected scrap metal for making bombs.
Unfortunately, the Germans began to make v1 bombs,(doodle bugs)after the battle of
Britain .The v1 came down with a parachute to stop them from hitting ground and
straight away exploding . The v1 were awfully frightening but then came the b2 . The b2
don’t sound frightening yet they killed many lives . Mr Fosh and his brother were watch
the night sky they thought they had seen a shooting star but it was a b2 about to hit the
shop down the road! So many horrific things happened in world war 2 including rationing .Rationing meant that food was running short like fruit.
I heard many story’s from Dr Batchelor and was quite surprised he lived near the docks but didn’t get properly evacuated. Because there was a war going on, the adults didn’t really mind what the children did. So one of the stories he shared was, when he climbed up the rubble of a bombed building and set fire to it. Then, he sat back and watched as some adults-fire men, police force- put the fire out. They did not even notice him. It was wonderful listening to all the amazing facts and stories he had to say.
By: Sophia N
When Mr Hubbard came in, he told me about his time in WW2. He was four years old at the start of the war (1939). His first school was one of the first schools to have a farm on it; the reason for this was because they needed to grow more food for the war (as people needed to be more self-sufficient). Mr Hubbard told some funny stories; once, he was caught throwing spuds and was given the cane!
In 1940, his dad volunteered for the RAF (Royal Air Force). The following year, his dad was sent to Egypt. While his dad was there, he sketched what it looked like outside of his tent. Mr Hubbard’s dad was also an artist and he did lots of great sketches; on our VE day, he showed us one of his sketches!
Unlike other children who were evacuated to strangers, Mr Hubbard was sent to stay with his cousins and other family. He also told us another story about when he did jobs for the soldiers; for payment, he would get rewarded with chocolate!
On one occasion in 1943, he was out at breaktime and he saw three German bomber planes which were on their way to bomb somewhere else. He was relieved that they were passing over but felt sorry for the people who might be bombed.
Back in the 1940’s, the value of money was much different to how it is nowadays. For example, Mr Hubbard told us that it would only cost 1 penny for a fizzy drink. In those times, sixpence coins were as big as a modern 5p coins. Surprisingly, when Mr Hubbard was little, he didn’t even notice rationing!
Mr Hubbard really gave me a great idea of what it was like in WW2.
Mr painter had many amazing stories to tell us about. He was evacuated to Kent on a tram. He lived with a couple called the Jefferies and they lived on an apple farm called Foule hall. Mr Painter had to do lots of apple picking but he enjoyed his time with the Jefferies. After 6 months, he had to go back to London because he had a skin infection on his leg. Shortly after, he was sent to his grandparents house in Barkshire. At school he was caned for having a pillow fight in his dormitory! He had a pet dog named Bruno who had to stay in London but when he went to his grandparents house he took his other dog with him. She was called Dinah. Mr Painter told us what it was like in an air raid shelter and from how he expressed it it must have been horrible. It was a really great experience having Mr Painter and all the other evacuees come to talk to us on our V.E. day party. Thank you very much.
Mrs Hannan was brought up on a farm in North Wales and she was five when the war started. No evacuees stayed at her house in the war but two girls called Annette and Judy, who were evacuees that were evacuated from Liverpool, stayed at a farm nearby. She became good friends with them and used to walk the long walk to school with them. When she walked to school with Annette and Judy, she remembered seeing holes on the road that had covers on them. She didn’t know what they were but then her mother told her they were tank traps. If a tank came down the road they would stop them from moving.
One day, her father took her to the top of the hill, to show her the sugar factory burning in Liverpool. She could see the red glow in the distance all the way from North Wales!
By Grace L
Mr Wyles was frightened to death during World War 2. The street where he lived was bombed and only 10-12 houses were left. At the age of 5 years, Mr Wyles started school, but due to the risk of bombing he couldn’t continue. During the War half of his school was blown up by German bombs. 90% of his friends were evacuated to keep them safe. However, Mr Wyles’ mother loved her son so much that she would not let him be evacuated with all the other children. His mother was a housewife. His father did not fight in the war. Food was rationed during the war for example sausages. Even sweets were rationed and he was only allowed 50g of these a week. Fish and potatoes weren’t and Mr Wyles ate a lot of potatoes, mashed. Children had to make do with the clothes they had. Mr Wyles said a lot of his clothes were knitted by his mother.
Although Mr Betteridge was never evacuated, his life story during the war is still incredible. He lived in North Baddesley and went to school there, where he made many friends. Some of his life was tough; frequently, air raid sirens would drive him and his family out of their house, even in the middle of the night. They hid in an Anderson shelter at the bottom of the garden. The events of the war didn’t affect his love of playing with his friends. His favourite game was soldiers, and he and his friends would parade outside, day in day out, whatever the conditions. A few times as he was playing, American soldiers would march down the road, and throw packets of sweets. One person would catch all the packets, and be expected to share them out. Luckily, all of his family survived the ghastly, treacherous war.
Miss Kebby taught me so much about WW2 when I listened to her. She told our group about D-Day (this was one of my preferred parts of her talk) and about how children from London were evacuated to Romsey. This was my favourite fact. When Miss Kebby told my group about D-Day – which was when Germany invaded northern France – she made it sound like she was there. Miss Kebby was one of the few children to not be evacuated, this was because she lived in Romsey where Children from London were evacuated to. She owned hens, but she couldn’t get the egg rations because of this. Miss Kebby’s father had to make special shutters for the family’s windows – otherwise they couldn’t have any lights on during the blackout.
I really enjoyed listening to Mrs Kebby as it has really helped me with WW2,
Miss Kebby, who my group was with first at the V.E. Day party, was very interesting. She told us that all the
children rode bikes in World War Two and the lights were blacked, this means that the tops of the lights had
covers so the light would only shine on the road. Once she nearly hit a lorry! I also learned that although you used
coupons for food, clothes, furniture and other such things, you only used money (not coupons as well) for
blackout curtains. People also put tape in crosses on their windows so if the windows cracked -due to bombs
dropping nearby- the splinters wouldn’t fly every ware and potentially injure someone. Sand bags were used to
stabilise buildings,again, in case a bomb dropped nearby. During the winter months of WWII the clocks would go
forward two hours instead of the usual one to give the farmers more daylight hours because they were not
allowed to use lights while working in the dark in case of planes seeing them.
The Allied troops were dotted all around Miss Kebby’s home town of Romsey in case of invasion, which never
happened, and stayed in tents in people’s gardens. Miss Kebby saw lots of tanks and vehicles that carried them!
Often she was kept awake at night thanks to the air raid sirens; the planes; the bombs; the screaming and shouting;
the guns rattling and the marching men. At night,often people would see search lights looking for enemy planes in
the night sky. If there was an air raid they (Miss Kebby and her family) would hide in the cupboard under the
stairs. When the war was finally over, everyone was glad to see the end or rationing!
Thank you, Miss Kebby for telling us all about World War Two.
Mr Painter lived in London and he had a dog called Bruno. He was evacuated from London to Kent during World War ii. He was billeted with Jeffrey’s fruit farm & he was working with another boy. Then he went back to his parents because he had a skin infection. Later his father sent him to his grandparents who lived in Baulking in Berkshire and then he was sent to a boy’s school where he got the cane because he was having a pillow fight in his dormitory. Then Mr painter changed school again in 1942. Then he went back home when the War ended.
Mrs Fosh was born in 1946 the year after the war had ended. Even though, the war had ended food was still being rationed when she was a baby. During the war Mrs Fosh lived in west London with her mother because her father still hadn’t come back from the war. Each day Mrs Fosh was given a small amount of food and as she got older sweets and chocolate were still rationed; until 1952 when they weren’t rationed. When her father was in the war he was fighting in Dunkirk and Africa but her mother was working in a work house. During the war her father was very fortunate to meet Winston Churchill, who was the Prime Minister. After her father was fighting in the dusty, yellow deserts of Africa he received the Africa Star. Mrs Fosh was very informative and I hope she will come back next year. Thank You.
Mrs Hannan started her life on a farm in North Wales. Her favourite animals were lambs. She had a sister who was one year older than her. The Second World War started when Mrs Hannan was 4 and ended when she was about 10. Evacuees from Southampton were staying in a house near her family. There were two that she remembered quite well. Their names were Judi and Hernet. They used to walk to school together; between Mrs Hannan’s house and school was a staggering 2.5 miles. Since petrol was rationed and cars were not normally used, they had to walk. Sometimes, evacuees stayed at school overnight and did not pack up in time so the school could not start lessons.
Another interesting story was when Mrs Hannan and her father went up a hill and saw a red glow in the distance. It was a bombed sugar factory. Since sugar burns furiously for a long time, the firemen could not put it out for a while. I was surprised to learn that even though she was in the countryside, her family had blackouts. This meant that all lights were to be turned off. Mrs Hannan also saw pieces of shiny material dropped by enemy planes disrupting radars. She and lots of other children used to pick them up and start playing with them. Luckily for her, Mrs Hannan’s Dad did not go to war. She also wasn’t bombed. During the war, there were square shaped holes in the road designed to trap enemy tanks. Furthermore, trains packed with American soldiers (allies) sometimes threw packets of sweets, biscuits or chocolate to people around them and Mrs Hannan always used to get involved.
Dr Batchelor was 5 when the war started. He lived in Southampton dockyard. A couple of months into the war bombs were dropped about 50 yards away from his house. After this he climbed on the shells of the buildings and even set fire to them. One of my favourite tales was that Dr Batchelor climbed on tanks and got sweets from American soldiers. It was amazing to hear his stories as they brought my learning to life.
Mrs Fosh was born in 1946 which was after the war. She lived in west London. Rationing was still going on and ended in 1952 when Mrs Fosh was 6 years old.It was fun listening to her stories about her father. I especially liked the story about her fathers chocolates falling into the sea when their ship was being bombed.He had a couple of different jobs when he was in the army, he drove a lorry transporting soldiers and he helped bring the ships into the docks. Also it was interesting hearing about how her father’s house got bombed. Her father also met Winston Churchill and received some medals. I hope Mrs Fosh will come back next year. Thank you.
Mrs Saunders was born in 1940. As she was too young to be evacuated she stayed in Southampton and got bombed out of her house 4 times during WW2. She was only one week old when she first got bombed out. She had 6 cousins and all of them were boys. None of her cousins were evacuated either, even though all of them were older than her.
When she was only 3 years old, she was blown out of a window because of the impact of a bomb. In the incident she got glass stuck in her head and broke both of her arms. She then went to hospital which she preferred to her normal life as she got three meals a day. She enjoyed this immensely as she didn’t get 3 meals a day in everyday life during the war. The first time she met her father was when she was 7 and a half years old and when she first met him, she hated him! She was given a mickey mouse gas mask as she was very young. There were a lot of air raids where she lived and she told us that most of them caused gas explosions. In the daytime she would play in the bombed buildings as there was nowhere else to play. Every night she would have her clothes ready in case an air raid siren went off and they would have to run to the shelter.
It was amazing to hear her story and it really brought to life what it’s like for child in World War 2.
I really enjoyed hearing all the amazing stories. I also found it amazing that she moved houses 4 times in the war because she got bombed so much and she was only 1 week old. I was surprised that she survived when I heard the story of her getting blown out the window by a bomb and broke both arms. I want to thank her so much for coming in and I hope she does it next year.
Dear Mr Fosh,
Thank you or coming in and telling our group about your childhood and what it was like in WW2. One of my favourite stories was when your family were worried that a bomb would hit a train or a gas meter at the train station but luckily it hit right in the middle . I felt sympathetic how you slept in an Anderson shelter with 7 other people but your father wouldn’t allow it and said”If our house gets bombed it gets bombed.” We appreciate everything you told us. Thank you very much.