The British Evacuee Association, a non profit registered charity for the evacuated children during the second world war
the great evacuation of children during the second world war, ww2
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

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Welcome to the British Evacuees Association, formerly the Evacuees Reunion Association

The British Evacuees Association is the largest organisation for British evacuees and we have over 1300 members worldwide.

We are regularly contacted by the national and local press, radio stations and television production companies asking for factual information which we are happy to assist with. We launch many appeals for information on their behalf and are recognised as the leading authority on the Evacuation story. Our wealth of knowledge comes from our members experiences.

We have speakers throughout the UK who are willing to give factual talks on the Evacuation, together with details of their personal experiences. If you require a booking form one can be obtained by contacting the office.

Why not buy a copy of the books ‘Send Them to Safety’, and The Teaching Guide both books are perfect for teachers and students and contain factual accounts of the Evacuation. Both are written by Mr James Roffey who is the Chief Executive and Founder of The British Evacuees Association. Visit our Shop page to order your copy now or for further information.

for further information on the evacuation, you can purchase one of our books, a teaching guide or a book with stories in from evacuees themselves

If you would like further details on our work and how we can help you with the subject please do not hesitate to contact us


What it was really like to be an evacuee?

Being an evacuee meant leaving your family, your home, your pets, your toys and everything with which you were familiar.

It meant being taken to an unknown destination, where you would have to live with strangers, trying to learn their ways and fit in with their way of life. Sometimes there were misunderstandings and feelings that you were not really wanted.

You had to suddenly grow up and be responsible for yourself and your belongings. You were expected to hide your feelings and never talk about them. Homesickness was a major problem for many of the evacuated children. If you felt unhappy or not well there was no mother there to comfort you and make you feel better.

When you heard the news on the radio about air raids on London or other built up areas you worried about your parents and others, were they alright, were they safe, would your real home still be there when the time finally came for you to go home?

The day you were evacuated changed your life forever, it would never be the same again, even when you finally went home, if you ever did, in your absence, things at home had changed and moved on.

That’s what it was like to be an evacuee.

All packed and ready to go?

What the evacuee children were allowed to take with them...

Food for the journey - sufficient food for 1 day. Apples or oranges are most suitable. Any parcels that the child may carry should be labelled with his or her name, home address and school.

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

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