CALENDAR: I produced a Commemorative Calendar for 2010 to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Channel Island Evacuation, containing 12 rare wartime images of Guernsey, Alderney evacuees and Jersey evacuees in Northern England, plus several archive documents. I have a few copies left for collectors, at £8.00 each, including postage and packing.
Samples of front cover and January page below – contact me via the Comments box at the foot of this webpage.

20 Responses to VISIT MY SHOP

  1. Anne Mauger says:

    My uncle, Philip Godfray was headmaster of Alderney School at the outbreak of war, and had to leave Alderney at very short notice(2 hours) to take the school children away. They travelled to Guernsey first, and then on to England where they settled in Alderley Edge in Cheshire. Eventually some of the children were collected by their families, and then the remainder were absorbed into one of the Guernsey schools under Mr Le Poidevin, I believe. My uncle never had time to return to his home, and had no essential paperwork with him eg his passport, teaching qualification certificates etc. He was only 25 years old and had the help of two lady teachers, Miss Odell and Mrs Pouteaux. When he died I gave all his records to the Alderney Museum in time for the 50th Anniversary after the war. He kept meticulous records of every child, complete with photographs. Maybe a story in itself.

  2. Roy (Jim) Hallett says:

    I have been looking at the guernsey evacuees site @ find it very interesting, I was a guernsey evacuee in Cheshire in a village called Irby with St.Andrews school, no parents were with us just the headmaster & his wife & one other teacher, I was 10 yrs old at the time. I have enjoyed your films, especial the ones with Sheila Whipp who is a very good friend of mine. Best wishes, Jim Hallett.

  3. ritaroberts says:

    Hi Gill, I am still following your blog,and I see you have plenty of Evacuee comments which I also enjoy reading. Give my regards to your evacuee friends. Rita.

    • mbjssgpm says:

      Hi Rita thanks so much for your comment. I am seeing some of the evacuees on Thursday and will say hello to them from you! Take care
      Gill 🙂

    • mbjssgpm says:

      Hi Rita
      thank you so much for your comment, and also for following my blog for all this time, I do appreciate it. I will tell my community group of evacuees about you when I see them later this week. Gill 🙂

  4. Hi, I own a boat which was used to evacuate in the early part part of the occupation. I believe it was then called ‘Mayflower’, and was owned by a Mr. or Dr. Falla. I believe it sailed to Dartmouth. If anybody has any information, I am trying to piece together a detailed history of the boat, which is a 19 ton Teak motor launch , built in 1914. I would be pleased to provide photos to anyone who is interested. Roger Whittle

    • mbjssgpm says:

      HI Roger I hope that someone who reads this post can help you. It doesnt ring a bell with me but I will keep my eyes open when listening to future evacuee stories and get back to you if I hear anything. Good luck with your project!

    • mbjssgpm says:

      ps have you tried posting something on Facebook’s Guernsey Days Gone By page? Its really useful for responses from Guernsey people.

    • Chris Le Tissier says:

      Hi Roger, I would be very interested in any photos and history you have, I’ve been after a photo of this vessel for many years. Please contact as my grandfather was a main player in the escape from Guernsey. I have various info/written accounts from this escape.

      Regards, Chris Le Tissier (

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  6. Howard and Pauline Burford says:

    Hi Gill, Can you tell us the price and routine for ordering the dvd “All my worldly possions” please? I do have a paypal account.
    BTW, did you get the email about the surname slip-up in your book? We might have sent it to the wrong email address!?!
    Howard and Pauline.

  7. Derek F. Turner says:

    10 May 2014
    Have found that there were a few Guernsey Children boarded her, in Lymm, Cheshire, for about six months, I am attempting to gather info about them and their time here. Any info you have would be appreciated.
    Steve Powell ( sent me, in PDF form, a four page narrative which was printed in Channel Island Occupation Review number 20. This was the recollections of the evacuation history of Vernon Renier who was in Lymm for a few months before moving to Scotland.
    Also picked up from ‘Guernsey Refugee’ the name George Clarke aged nine.
    Could be interested in your film ‘All my worldly possessions’. Have an E’ Bay account. Please send details.
    Kindly note – can handle Microsoft Word etc., but PDF is a mystery to my aged brain

  8. Neil Le Milliere says:

    Hello, I wonder if you’d be able to help me with some information I am trying to trace about my Father, Charles Le Milliere. He would have been 12 when he was evacuated on his own.

    At the start of the war he was living between Alderney where his Grandparents lived and Guernsey where his Mother lived with her Husband and their daughter – Dad was born out of wedlock and never met his Father nor was he adopted by his Mother’s husband.

    We know he was evacuated to Glasgow in Scotland and from there to a small village on the West Coast, Morar, after he didn’t settle with a family in Glasgow. As far as I know this was completely on his own with no other islanders in Morar,

    The first thing we don’t know is whether he was evacuated from Alderney or Guernsey and we have been told by the authorities on the islands that this information, the evacuee lists, are still subject to the official secrets act and have not yet been released.

    Would the information I have provided enable you to deduce which island it was he was evacuated from? A number of his Aunties and at least one other cousin were evacuated about the same time.

    He did not go back to live on the islands but joined an Auntie and his cousin in Exeter where I was raised with my brother and sister.

    However he made many, many visits to the islands as well as to Morar and now he has passed away we are trying to fill in some of the blanks in our knowledge of his life.

    Many thanks in advance for any information you may be able to provide.

    Thanks, Neil

    • mbjssgpm says:

      hi and sorry for delay bur ive injured my shoulder so cut down on typing. Do you know which school he might have been evacuated with? Gill

    • mbjssgpm says:

      Hi Neil as far as I know it was only Guernsey evacuees who were sent to Scotland. I havent come across your family name in any Uk records as yet. Sorry I cannot help more. Gill

      • Neil Le Milliere says:

        That’s a good help Gill actually as it sort of confirms my memory that he said it was from Guernsey and I also believed it was some of those from Guernsey that went to Glasgow.

        As far as I know there were only two children from the family evacuated, Dad and his cousin Jim, or Crock as he was known, and Jim was definitely evacuated from Alderney and as far as I know they then didn’t see each other until after Dad’s National Service when they met in Exeter. There were at least four adult sisters evacuated possibly or probably with the same surname but again that could have been from Guernsey or Alderney. I’m not sure where to but they ended up in Doncaster, Sheffield, Teignmouth, and Exeter after the war.

        Thanks again for taking the trouble to reply and are you able to confirm that evacuee lists have not yet been released by the island authorities or whoever has them?

  9. Neil Le Milliere says:

    PS the school on Guernsey, the name escapes me but I am sure it was on Vauvert so would it be Vaurvert School at the time which is now a primary school as I know walking down Vauvert years ago he pointed to the school (on both side sof the road?) as a school he’d been to.?

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