Can anyone fill in the gaps of an evacuees story?
by Zoe Martin
Please can anyone help to fill in the gaps for my mum. She is now 75 and was evacuated to Fordinbridge from London during World War II. She was very young and she doesn't have many facts and sadly has no living relatives that can help. She really would like to see the area she stayed in again. We brought her to Fordinbridge last summer and visited the library but were unable to find out very much. Her memories are that she went to a local school in the area but had to walk a good distance to school. She stayed with the local headmaster and his wife in a school house. She remembers that one evening the headmasters wife was taken ill and she sadly died and my mum was then moved to a farm near Salisbury Plain.
We tried to find the school house, which she said was near allotments, but it did not appear to be there anymore. My mums name was Margaret Ina Crouch.
If anyone knows where I can access further information on her evacuation history I would be very grateful as she would love to see the area again. Many thanks.
Thanks for your comment. Let's hope someone knows of a schoolmasters wife who sadly died during WW2 and that they can help Mum get her bearings for where she was lodged as an evacuee. Until we get a response I've got a couple of web sites for you to try to contact. They may have good archive material for the Fordingbridge area during WW2.
Best wishes to Mum and hope someone can add some helpful info for you both.