All my Evacuation books can be viewed on Amazon:
My Second World War Evacuation publications and film work are listed below.
My 3rd book – Evacuation in the Second World War Told Through Newspaper Reports, Official Documents and the Accounts of Those Who Were There – is published by Frontline Books on 30 November 2016. It contains testimony from over 400 evacuees (from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, The Channel Islands and Gibraltar) who spent the war years on the British mainland. It can be pre ordered from September 2016 on the amazon website (see link above)
If you wish to purchase signed copies of these items, please contact me privately via the COMMENTS box at the foot of this web page. Profits from the booklet and DVD sales below will support the activities of my Guernsey Evacuee Community Group in Stockport and Manchester.
‘EVACUEES: CHILDREN’S LIVES ON THE WORLD WAR TWO HOME FRONT’ was published on 30 September 2014 by Pen and Sword books.
You can order the book now via Amazon:
GUERNSEY EVACUEES: THE FORGOTTEN EVACUEES OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR was published in November 2012. If you would like a signed copy direct from me, contact me priviately via the contact box at the foot of this web page. To order a copy via Amazon, go to:
You can watch my Guwrnsey Evacuees book trailer on Youtube here: (there is sound) http://youtu.be/YR0uXCBCFHc
LIMITED EDITION BOOKLET (April 2015) – only a few copies left
LIBERATION DAY 1945 – MEMORIES FROM GUERNSEY’S EVACUEES
This limited edition booklet has been produced to mark the fact that 9th May 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of Guernsey’s Liberation from German occupation. It contains V E Day and Liberation Day memories from some of Guernsey’s children and adults who were evacuated to England in June 1940. Also included are quotations from wartime letters, diaries and postcards together with archive documents and photographs. The evacuees, from counties all across England, describe their feelings, around 8th and 9th May 1945, when they heard the wonderful news of Guernsey’s Liberation. Our thanks go to all the evacuees and their families who have contributed to this very moving publication. Here is an example from the booklet:-
Hazel Knowles (nee Duquemin) remembers ‘The great feeling of euphoria that our family had when 8th May dawned, as that would mean all our relations in Guernsey would be free at last and we would see them soon. We had a day off school and we decided to go into Stockport to join in the celebrations. We saw people dancing and singing in Mersey Square, and we saw a tram that was beautifully decorated with coloured bulbs which looked fabulous after dark. As we went back home we saw the street lights lit up for the first time since we left Guernsey, and as we lived at Pleinmont, seeing street lights was a new experience. Unfortunately the first news we received from Guernsey after Liberation was that our Grandad had died in January 1945 and we felt very sad that we would never see him again.’ Many evacuees discovered, through Liberation letters and postcards, that family members had died in Guernsey. Gertrude Brehaut recalled, ‘Liberation Day was tinged with sadness for our family because my mother had passed away a week before V.E. Day. It is so
sad that she didn’t live to hear that Guernsey had been liberated.’
Hard copies cost £6.50 including postage and packing (sorry, UK only AND Channel Islands) I only have a hanful of these left (at 12 June 2015)
An Electronic version (PDF format only) is £5.00
LIMITED EDITION BOOKLET
‘WARTIME STOCKPORT – SEEN THROUGH THE EYES OF THE GUERNSEY EVACUEES OF WORLD WAR TWO’
This limited edition booklet has been produced to mark the 75th anniversary of the arrival of several thousand Guernsey evacuees in Stockport, Cheshire. In their own words, the evacuees describe their arrival in Stockport in June 1940 and their memories of places and spaces during the war. They were greatly shocked by their arrival in an industrial factory town, after living on a small rural island.
Hard copies cost £6.50 each including postage and packing (sorry, UK AND Channel Islands only)
An electronic version (PDF format only) is £5.00
YOU CAN VIEW MY EDUCATIONAL TIMELINE OF THE GUERNSEY EVACUATION, CREATED IN ASSOCIATION WITH HSTRY.ORG, HERE
CHANNEL ISLAND EVACUATION FILM AVAILABLE:
A 30 minute film about Channel Island evacuees in Lancashire during WW2, “All my Worldy Possessions” has been created by Diane Rickerby of Bury Archives and I.
TO PURCHASE YOUR OWN COPY OF THE DVD (a limited number of copies remain) please contact me privately via the Comments box below.
TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT MY LATEST BOOK WHICH CONTAINS 100 SECOND WORLD WAR STORIES OF EVACUATION FROM ALL OVER BRITAIN, GO TO
I produced an article on ‘How my Guernsey research has filled in gaps in numerous family histories’for Your Family Tree Magazine, Issue no. YFT 128, April 2013, website: http://www.yourfamilytreemag.co.uk/
I produced an article for ‘America in World War Two’ magazine on how Eleanor Roosevelt financially supported an Guernsey evacuee in England, October 2012 issue, website: http://www.americainwwii.com/back-issues/
Guernsey Evacuee documentary, BBC1 North West:Part of BBC North West’s ‘Inside Out’ programme on Mon 6 December 2010, 7.30pm, told the story of Guernsey evacuee Paulette Le Mescam who came to Cheshire in June 1940 and found comfort from an extraordinary transatlantic penpal -Mrs Eleanor Roosevelt. It was also shown on the Channel Islands via BBC1′s ‘Inside Out South West’ programme at 7.30pm on the same date. I greatly enjoyed working with BBC North on this programme. You can watch a clip at
and for more info see:
Here is a short film I made with the University of Manchester on how university students can share their work with the public
See my report on Guernsey’s Elizabeth College Return to Derbyshire in October 2010:
I was a Manchester Beacon for Public Engagement Award Winner:
In July 2010 I assisted Guernsey Post with research for the creation of a Commemorative set of Guernsey stamps to mark the 70th anniversary of the Evacuation to Britain
I organised a 3 day reunion for 65 Guernsey evacuees who came to Stockport in 1940, with the assistance of Stockport MBC. This event marked the 70th anniversary of the Guernsey Evacuation
BBC History Magazine, May 2010, ‘Guernsey evacuees in Northern England’, and podcast http://www.bbchistorymagazine.com/issue/may-2010
or listen to podcast at :
‘Reliving the heartbreak of wartime evacuation – Guernsey evacuees in Derbyshire during WW2 -(written in September 2009)
Guernsey Press, July 3rd 2010,”Reunited we Stand” Guernsey evacuees return to Stockport
‘Guernsey Evacuees in the North West of England, Review of the Guernsey Society, Winter 2009, Vol LXV, No. 3