What was it like for children in billet families?
BUT what was life like for children whose families gave a home to evacuees? We have learnt what life was like for evacuees…
What was it like to share your home? What was it like to share your family? What did they think to evacuees? Imagine your family has just given a home to two evacuees from London. How would you feel about it?
Listen to the feelings of real billet family children in Staffordshire. As you listen, make a list of the feelings they had when they shared their lives and homes with evacuees. Separate them into positive and negative.
Max Reynolds Lived in Penn near Wolverhampton His Father fought in the Second World War and was taken prisoner Max and his Mother took in several evacuees
Rob Weston Lived with his parents in Alton, Staffordshire during the Second World War He remembers evacuees coming to the village He went to school with evacuees and made friends with them
Dorothy Chadwick Lived in Werrington in the Staffordshire Moorlands She was 1 of 10 children They lived in a small three- bedroomed house They took in 5 evacuees 1 2
Beryl Alderson Lived with her parents on a farm outside Stafford Her family looked after two evacuees from Ramsgate, Kent
Frances Cooke Lived with her family in Leek They looked after 4 evacuees: 2 boys first and then a brother and sister from Manchester
Michael Whitebrook Lived in a cottage near Hoar Cross in Staffordshire His family took in 4 evacuees during the war He went to school with evacuees from Ramsgate, Kent