WW2 at Lotherton Hall
Life as an Evacuee
Evacuees were aged between five and fourteen years old. A large number of children travelled from big cities. With limited washing facilities and poor health care it was quite common for evacuees to suffer from infections such as ring worm and impetigo. Headlice was very common too!
Evacuees were often taken to rural areas. There children were able to help on farms, care for animals and enjoy the fresh air. This is the diary of one evacuee who was taken from London to Devon in 1940.
Some children were very homesick and tried to return home to the cities. Special shows and concerts were organised by local communities to help entertain the children and help them feel more settled.
Map link: this is where Cullompton is where the girl in our diary was taken from London in 1940»