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Joe Gingell


In July 1940 my mother and my two brothers were evacuated from Gibraltar to London at the Raglan Hotel. When this place was bombed in September 1941, we were taken to the Whitelands College in Putney, Wandsworth, where we stayed until it was bombed in February 1944. Then we moved to the York Hotel near Oxford Street, but there again a flying bomb fell nearby killing some evacuees. After this, we were sent to Chorley in Lancashire where we stayed for a couple of months until we moved to Scotland. We styaed there until we were repatriated to Gibraltar towards the end of the war.

During our stay in the UK, my father stayed working in the dockyard repairing Royal Navy ships which was obviously considered an essential service.

I have photographs of evacuees at Whitelands College and would love to hear from anybody who had any connection with the Gibraltar evacuees, who no doubt made many friends in the Wandsworth area. I have a newspaper photograph and cuttings of the Whitelands College when it was bombed. I would also be grateful to hear from anyone who has photographs of the following places: evacuees transit centres at Chorley in Lancaster, Bridge of Weir and Neilston in Scotland.

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