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Stories categorised in 'Childhood and Evacuation'. These stories may contain references to other themes.

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My Earliest Memories: A Child in Birkenheadicon for Recommended story

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A Childhood in Nazi-Occupied Italyicon for Recommended storyicon for Story with photo

Some prisoners were recaptured by the Germans and sent to Germany, but many joined the rapidly forming...

Growing Up in London 1939-45icon for Recommended story

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A Scottish Child's View of WW2icon for Recommended story

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Keep Smiling Through, Part One: A Child in Wandsworth, Digging for Victory, and First Bombsicon for Recommended story

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I cannot remember how long my brother was at Alltwen, it was several months, but he eventually came to live...

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Breckland Exodus-The Forced Evacuation of the Norfolk Battle Area 1942 -Part 1icon for Recommended storyicon for Story with photo

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Memories of the Lost Years in Oxfordshire (1939 - 1945)icon for Recommended story

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A Portsmouth Child's Life in WW2 icon for Recommended story

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Scenes by the River 1940: Childhood Memories of East Londonicon for Recommended story

Henry handed our money to Jemima, pleased not to be the subject of Tugger's wrath because they had so...

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Wartime Butcher's Boy- Folkestoneicon for Recommended story

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The Atlantic Divide: Evacuated to Americaicon for Recommended story

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Aunt Mary's Waricon for Recommended story

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A Westphalian Childhoodicon for Recommended story

The boy knelt with his back to his aunt on the wooden bench beside the table, fascinated by the frost...

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The Japanese did not speak Dutch and very few spoke English so conversations were mostly in Malay. We...

A Wartime Childhood: 'Normal' life in Countesthorpe, Leicestershire - and Londonicon for Recommended story

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A Surrey Childhood 1939 to 1945icon for Recommended story

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An Old Eastender's Boyhood Memories Part 2: Evacuation to Berkshire 1939icon for Recommended storyicon for Story with photo

Roughly a month after Henry and I had arrived at the Hackers' household, I blackened my already...

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