One evacuee remembers his time in Fenland on the 75th anniversary of Second World War evacuees arriving from London

14:10 01 September 2014

75th anniversary of the arrival of wartime evacuees from London.

75th anniversary of the arrival of wartime evacuees from London.

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Today marks the 75th anniversary of the arrival of wartime evacuees from London.

This momentous event was captured in the following week’s Wisbech Standard, which published pictures of the boys of the Stationers’ Company’s School lined up for refreshments at a mobile canteen in the yard of the former railway station after getting off the train.

The boy with the dark jacket standing behind the girl in the white skirt is John Bathurst. Stood in front of him is his sister,

He said: “I lived happily with the Bedford family at 48 Cannon Street for three years. The people of Wisbech were very good to us all.

“There can be few of your readers who remember that day but, although living far off in Canada, I still do.”

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  • I am the Daughter of an evacuee who came Wisbech. My Aunt also cam her with her. Unfortunately I don't know where they lived in Wisbech as by the time I moved here (in 2007) she had dementia and my Aunt has passed away. I would love to know where they stayed together if anyone knows.Interestingly enough the Stationers Company school is in Hornsey London where my Mother and sister came from. (My younger Brothers all attended there in the 60's and 70's)The school my mum and Aunt went to was St Peters in Chains in Hornsey. If any readers can throw light on this I would love to know.

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    Tessa Storey

    Monday, November 17, 2014

  • I am the Daughter of an evacuee who came Wisbech. My Aunt also cam her with her. Unfortunately I don't know where they lived in Wisbech as by the time I moved here (in 2007) she had dementia and my Aunt has passed away. I would love to know where they stayed together if anyone knows.Interestingly enough the Stationers Company school is in Hornsey London where my Mother and sister came from. (My younger Brothers all attended there in the 60's and 70's)The school my mum and Aunt went to was St Peters in Chains in Hornsey. If any readers can throw light on this I would love to know.

    Report this comment

    Tessa Storey

    Monday, November 17, 2014

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