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Edna Armstrong

Evacuee

from:Liverpool

At 11.45 a.m. on September 3rd 1939, I and most of the pupils from Boaler Street school in Liverpool, were on the train to Conway North Wales. We were off to spend a week in Conway to see how an evacuation would work out. We didn't know war had been declared at 11 a.m. to us it was the start of an adventure, but just a weeks adventure.

We were billeted with a young couple and their baby son, and given a tin of corned beef and a tin of condensed milk as emergency rations, but were actually fed on that for three days. The house was a two up two down, very dark and home to a lot of flies. At bedtime my friend Gladys and I were put in a room with two beds and a grey blanket over the window held up with drawing pins. Already missing home, we squeezed into one single bed and cried ourselves to sleep. Next morning we woke to find four people in the other bed, which was fortunately a double, relatives of the young couple from the East End of London, who left their home as soon as the news of war was broadcast.

Fortunately for us, my mother was evacuated with my brother as he was three and all those under five had to be accompanied by a relative. When my mother saw Gladys and me, looking very grubby as we had no bathroom and had washed in the same water for five days, she immediately found us another billet in Llandudno Junction near to where she was. This billet was a home from home, and the elderly couple who took us in were strict but very kind.

By Christmas my mother and brother had been home for two months, and Gladys and I were going home for the holiday. The total bliss of being back home and in my own bed was wonderful. I pleaded not to be sent back to Wales, and I wasn't. So if I was an evacuee for only 3 months and two weeks, and still had all the horror of the Liverpool blitz to face, I was home, and to me that was safety. But I will never forget being evacuated.










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