Rhymes and Remembrance

Gillian Mawson

2019 Edition remains in print until Scimitar Edge edition is published

Poetry & History


Throughout the course of the Second World War, around 3 million British people were evacuated. Gillian Mawson has interviewed 600 evacuees, including mothers and teachers who travelled with the children to take them to safety.


During the war, some evacuees wrote poems which described their experiences of leaving home, the evacuation journey and what it was like to be 'chosen' by local families at journey's end. When the war ended, they described meeting their parents once again, whilst some described their sadness at leaving behind the 'foster families' they had come to love.


Brought together for the very first time, these poems are emotional and moving and share an overlooked aspect of wartime evacuation.


The cover of Rhymes and Remembrance: Poetry written by Britain's Second World War Evacuees features on its front cover a photograph showing evacuees arriving at Disley in August 1940.


A share of the profits from the book will be donated to RAF Metheringham Airfield Museum.



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