Gillian Mawson – Researcher and Writer

I research numerous social history subjects (please see the foot of this page for a few examples), including the World War Two Home Front.

Out now at £4.99 for the paperback; my latest book ”Rhymes and Remembrance: Poems written by Britain’s Second World War Evacuees’ The poems were written by evacuees from #Britain and from #Guernsey in the Channel Islands. A share of the profits are going to the RAF Metheringham Airfield Museum. The ebook will be available in a few days time. Huge thanks to Jon at Wolfian Press Publications

All my books can be viewed on Amazon at :


Gills at Manchester Parade

My first book ‘Guernsey Evacuees: The Forgotten Evacuees of the Second World War’ was released on 12 November 2012 by History Press


Since May 2008, I have been interviewing those evacuees who fled the Channel Islands to mainland Britain in June 1940, just a few days prior to the German Occupation of the Channel Islands. I concentrated on the thousands that arrived in unfamiliar industrial towns in Lancashire, Cheshire, Derbyshire and Yorkshire. The Channel Island evacuees spent several weeks in Evacuee Reception Centres, before being provided with local accommodation. Thousands of children were evacuated with their school teachers and many did not see their parents again for five long years. Mothers were evacuated too, with their infants, leaving their husbands behind. Interviews have revealed emotional stories from both children and adult evacuees, regarding the actual evacuation, their five years in England cut off from friends and family, and of their return to the Islands in 1945. Some did not return after the war, but chose to make their future in the communities that had welcomed them in 1940. Of those who did return home, thousands are still in contact with the families who cared for them during the war.
I am continuing to work in partnership with Joanne Fitton of Leeds Archives Service on the story of the Channel Islanders who came to Lancashire, Yorkshire and Cheshire in 1940, and the reaction of the local community to their arrival.
See my Home Page for latest news on our Bury project and on the documentary film made by Diane Rickerby and I. This project was supported by the Manchester Beacon for Public Engagement. See

Please contact me if you would like to commission me to write for your publication – I have written articles on various subjects for a number of magazines, newspapers and journals.

Housewives Choice?: Manchester housewives, Smoke Pollution and Smokeless Fuels in the 1950s and 1960s – including the story of the Manchester housewives who protested against the compulsory introduction of smokeless fuels into their own homes

The Guernsey Evacuee and Mrs Roosevelt: the work of WW2 organisation “Foster Parent’s Plan for War Children” – and the work of co founder Eric Muggeridge

The Manchester Home Front during the Second World War

The experiences of evacuated Mothers during the Second World War

The Manchester Blitz of Christmas 1940

Memories of Blackpool in the 50s and 60s

Women and War Work in Manchester

Memories of Belle Vue, Manchester

The momentous decisions made by  Channel Island mothers in June 1940 – Occupation or Evacuation?

14 Responses to Gillian Mawson – Researcher and Writer

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  2. stella noon says:

    I so enjoyed your book about the Guernsey Refugees. I visit the island regularly to stay with some very dear friends and knew a little about the occupation but never realised that there were so many who paid such a hard price. I was completely engrossed in the book during my stay over christmas
    Thank you for this wonderful piece of Guernsey history


    • mbjssgpm says:

      Hello Stella I really appreciate the time you took to contact me and to tell me about how you enjoyed the book. I thoroughly enjoyed writing it, and am still interviewing evacuees – perhaps another book? With my best wishes to you Gill

  3. Adrian Pavey says:

    I’ve just read your article in Your Family Tree magazine and just had to visit this website to read more. My family were from Jersey, but my Grandma also had cousins in Guernsey. My grandfather was at Dunkirk in May 1940 when his ship was bombed, Grandad was sent home to recover but less than 2 weeks later he was having to evacuate his family away from the channel islands… what a traumatic time it must have been. My great grandfather and some of my uncles went to Rochdale, another auntie went to Southampton and my father went to Weymouth with his family. I have recently published my Dads memories on Jerripedia and I’m now getting my Uncle Dennis to rveal his story too…. fascinating stuff Gillian… I’m sure your book will be on my christmas wish list.

    • mbjssgpm says:

      Hello Adrian, thank you very much indeed for your kind comments about my article in Your Family Tree magazine, and I will look up your dad’s memories on Jerripedia this week. It is wonderful that you are recording your uncle’s story too, so that it is recorded for future generations. I also hope you enjoy the book, and that you will contact me again when you have read it, with any thoughts. Gill

  4. Adrian Pavey says:

    It’s hidden away under the “Evacuation” section on Jerripedia, but here’s a direct link for my dad’s story…
    Are you likely to do a similalr project for Jersey evacuees? Or do you know of anyone else who is doing a project on the other Channel Islands?

  5. Adrian Pavey says:

    Thanks again and I’m glad you like Dad’s story. I’d like to do something similar with my Uncle Dennis’s story now as he was a few years older than my Dad. Thanks for the information on the Jersey book too, looks like I’ve got quite a bit more reading to do yet.

  6. Jessica Gordon says:

    Hi Gillian, I am doing some research on a forthcoming TV documentary and would love to get in touch. What is your email address? Thanks,

  7. Ken Speed says:

    I am trying to find any information about David Brown who was evacuated from Guernsey in 1940. He would have been about 10 years of age and came to live with his grandmother in New Moston, Manchester. We became best friends. He later moved to live with some other relatives, but sadly died of meningitis. He had a brother, but he was evacuated to live with someone else in the area. Any info would be appreciated.

    • mbjssgpm says:

      Hello Ken. I have no information on David myself but hopefully someone who sees your request may help in the future. Gillian

      • Ken Speed says:

        Thanks for your reply. I found a reference to a David Brown on Marilyn Chapman’s blog. He seemed to have moved to Oldham and went to Grammar School there. He died in 1942 of meningitis. Marilyn can’t confirm whether it’s the same boy, but it would be too much of a coincidence for it to be otherwise. If anyone in Oldham remebers him,I’d be delighted to hear from them.

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