From the history books: The London evacuation of 1939

Oct 01, 2019


80 years ago this month - two houses from Westminster School in London arrived in the Sussex countryside as evacuees to be billeted at Hurst College and nearby village. 90 boys and 6 Masters came, we accommodated 42 boys between Red Cross House and Fleur de Lys House and the others with people in the village but they all came to the College to take meals. The Sixth form had their lessons at Danny House, the younger boys were taught at Hurst.


Although our school magazine said the evacuation, which only lasted two terms, went 'smoothly' there is plenty of evidence that it did not!  My friend and fellow committee member on the School Archivists' Group, the Archivist at Westminster, and I are both researching this unprecedented era for our school children.


If you have any family anecdotes about the evacuation of children from London at this unique time in our history the Archives would value hearing about them. Contact our College Archivist, Mrs M-L Rowland.

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