Mothers who waved goodbye: Evacuation in World War II

Millions of mothers waved goodbye to their children evacuated to safety in World War II; others travelled with them; and others provided foster homes. Their little-known stories are explored by Professor Maggie Andrews or the University of Worcester.


  1. I'm desperately searching for affordable footage on this subject for a music video – some of these clips are perfect please could someone get in touch at all?

  2. Such a harrowing story, I can't imagine having to make such a decision myself. A "sword through the mother's heart" is a very apt description of the effect it must have had on most of the mothers. And the children, how distressing for them to be ripped apart from their mothers and not understanding why. War is so evil and never worth the human cost.

  3. My mother was a child, age 7, who was evacuated from London to Scotland, only to return to her home that was gone. Three of her siblings were shipped to Australia, and she never saw them again. Her father was killed, and she did not find her mother until years after she returned to London. My mother, Agnes led a life of torment, and never recovered from the abuses that were inflicted on her. And she never received any medical intervention that served to help her. All her life she lived with the pain, and a purse full of pharmaceuticals.
    I listened to the Queen do a bit of a broadcast the other day, stating that the pain of being evacuated in 1940 will once again have to be endured in the same painful way as we face separation from our loved ones.
    It breaks my heart to know we all will be taken down this road again if we do not really understand the agenda of those diabolical entities that are in power.

  4. My brother was evacuated from London with his school. He was not well treated so my father went to get him back. We then went to Newcastle as a family. The main memories were of ration books with coupons for food or clothing., and identity cards . Gas masks were taken to school everyday. where we learned to write on slates and there was a shortage of books and paper. There were barage balloons in the sky , blackout curtains and air raid wardens, and search lights at night looking for enemy planes. Children took it all as a matter of course. I was surprised when the War ended.

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