WW2 Evacuees

… from the Wychwoods Albums Archive

Wychwoods Evacuees, 1943
Evacuees, 1943

September 1939 saw the first contingent of official evacuees from London to be billeted in the Wychwood villages. The three Lane children were from West Ham and were split up. George was placed with Mrs Tibbitts and his sisters, Joan and Ena, with Mr and Mrs H. Day of Sandford Cottage, Shipton Road, Milton.

The War Nursery, Bruern Abbey, about 1940
The War Nursery, Bruern Abbey, about 1940

Mr and Mrs Crompton Wood offered part of Bruern Abbey for a War Nursery in 1938. The area around the courtyard, including the billiard and gun rooms, was made over for a Children’s Society nursery. Monica Badger (nee Rose) and her sister Vivienne Prentice worked there as assistants helping to care for 24 under-fives from the East End of London. They remember the chaos in the ‘potting shed’ after breakfast each morning and the chore of cleaning 24 pairs of shoes each evening. Members of the Wychwood W.I. helped with pram pushing, bathing and, particularly, mountains of mending.

Canoeing on the lake at the Prebendal House, 1940

In the canoe are the three evacuated Ault children, billeted with Mrs Wainman at the Prebendal, with her two grandchildren and the son of the Prebendal gardener, Ted Short. Ted was later recalled to the Yorkshire coalmines. The Aults arrived in the second contingent of evacuees who came from Dagenham in 1940 after Dunkirk. The third evacuation was after the Blitz which started in September 1940.

This is one of series of snapshots taken from the Society’s publications “The Wychwoods Albums”. These publications from the mid to late 1980s feature a variety of images of the Wychwoods, all of which deserve a place in our expanding online archive.

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