The British Evacuee Association, a non profit registered charity for the evacuated children during the second world war
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Become a member of the British Evacuee Association, anyone can join, reciev a bi-monthly newsletter as well as other benefitsDonate to our Evacuee Memorial Fund, to preserve the memory of the evacuation for future generationsRegister as an Evacuee and receive your certificate of recognition
Welcome to the British Evacuees Association, formerly the Evacuees Reunion Association

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More details to follow inside our July/August 2019 ‘Evacuee’


As usual our members proudly took part in the Cenotaph Parade in London on 11th November 2018

What a special event. Our contingent of 50 proudly took part in the Cenotaph Parade in London. The usual parade took place and featured 10,000 people made up as usual of veterans, ex service personel and numerous contingents but in addition this year, to mark the eighty years since the end of the First World War, this was followed by the ‘Nation’s Thank You’ parade which consisted of another 10,000 members of the public, who had applied for a ticket and had been chosen by a random ballot. The streets were lined with thousands and thousands of spectators.

We all commented that this year, there was the ripple of applause from the crowds as our group came into view. The evacuees were recognised and applauded from start to finish. We were, of course, wearing our distinctive luggage labels for all to see. It was a truly momentous occasion.

Former Evacuees at the Cenotaph Parade 2018

Cenotaph Parade in London September 2018

Former Evacuees at the Cenotaph Parade 2018

Cenotaph Parade in London September 2018


The National Memorial to the Evacuation Dedication Service took place on 25th July 2017.

Over 220 members, family and friends were present.  We were honoured to welcome HRH The Duke of Gloucester at this momentous event. Read more about this on our Memorial page

Evacuee Memorial with James Roffey, Karen Follows and Maurice Blik
HRH The Duke of Gloucester and Karen 25th July 2017


As usual 48 of our members proudly took part in the Cenotaph Parade in London on 8th November 2015

Former Evacuees at the Cenotaph Parade 2015

Cenotaph Parade in London September 2015


CHATHAM DOCKYARD SALUTE TO THE 1940’S 19th-20th September 2015

Chatham Dockyard Salute to the 1940s september 2015

Click on the image above for more images from this event.


Members of the 'We'll Meet Again' team and Education Officer at the Perlethorpe Weekend event 18th/21st September 2015.

Members of the 'We'll Meet Again' team and Education Officer at the Perlethorpe Weekend event 18th/21st September 2015


A Pearly Queen and Karen at the St. James's Park event, London in July 2005.

A Pearly Queen and Karen at the St. James's Park event, London in July 2005.

Forthcoming Events


Yanks are back in Saddleworth

10th/11th August 2019

1940’s event at Saddleworth High School, Uppermill
Tel: 07958 614558 (after 6pm) Stephen Holt
Or click here to visit their website.


SUMMER PRIZE DRAW 2019

Our Summer Prize Draw will take place on Friday 20th September

2019 PRIZE MONEY INCREASED TO:
1st Prize - £125
2nd Prize - £100
3rd Prize £75
4th Prize £50
5th Prize £25

If you would like to purchase tickets (£1.00 each) please contact the office


Chatham Weekend

21st/22nd September 2019


Cenotaph Parade

Sunday 10th November 2019

Please contact the office for more details.


There are no plans to mark the 80th anniversary of the start of the second world war! Here is the response recently received from the Ministry of Defence. Click to enlarge.


COUNTRYFILE APPEAL!

BBC One’s rural Sunday night programme Countryfile is looking to mark the 80th Anniversary of the beginning of the evacuation of millions of people to the countryside in September 1939 and we’re looking for your help.

Our presenter Steve Brown will follow his own family’s evacuee journey from Croydon to Cornwall but we need lots more of your stories to really make this momentous period of social upheaval come alive.

If you or your family were affected by the evacuations then the Countryfile team would like to talk to you.  We want to explore the stories of some of the people who were evacuated to rural areas and to find out more about the rural families that took children in from the cities.

We’ll use lots of archive in the films and will allow people to tell their stories sympathetically and with respect.  We understand that everyone had a different experience of being evacuated and we’re keen to tell a balanced range of stories.

If you have any information that might help or would be happy to tell us your story, it would be wonderful to hear from you.

Please get in touch with:  Katie.mcinnes@bbc.co.uk or telephone 01179 742 259


PATRONS

Rt. Rev. and Rt. Hon. Lord Carey of Clifton – Former Archbishop of Canterbury and evacuee
Mr Michael Aspel OBE – Television Presenter and former evacuee
Sir Robert Crawford CBE – Former Director General of the Imperial War Museum
Mr Henry Sandon MBE – Television Presenter and former evacuee
Lady Emma Barnard – of Parham Park, home for evacuees during World War Two
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Former Patron and Evacuee - Sir Roger Moore
Former Patron and Evacuee Sir Bruce Forsyth CBE

PATRONS

Rt. Rev. and Rt. Hon. Lord Carey of Clifton
Former Archbishop of Canterbury and evacuee
Mr Michael Aspel OBE
Television Presenter and former evacuee
Sir Robert Crawford CBE
Former Director General of the Imperial War Museum
Mr Henry Sandon MBE
Television Presenter and former evacuee
Lady Emma Barnard
of Parham Park, home for evacuees during World War Two
Sir Bruce Forsyth CBE
Television Presenter and former evacuee
Sir Roger Moore
Actor and former evacuee
Mr Brian Charles
Local resident and former evacuee