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School in Wartime

Not all children were evacuated and it didn’t happen all at once, schools went one at a time. Some children refused to be evacuated or came back home. They continued to attend school and tried to go about their business as usual. Others ran away from being evacuated and came back to Hull.

For the children who stayed in Hull, for whatever reason, there was an average of one air raid every three days. Schools were knocked down, houses were knocked down, museums and cinemas were bombed.  Their daily life was very different from how it had been before.

Read the letters by Mary, at school in Hull during the war. See if you can read her handwriting to discover what life was like for her.


Page 1 of a letter written by a schoolgirl during WW2 in Hull.  Part of the letter reads "It was Friday July 6th 1940 and it was a stormy day.  It was 5 o'clock and we were having our tea when the buzzer went; then just after they finished we heard a bomb dropping and then a loud clap of thunder...'
Page 1 of a letter written by a schoolgirl during WW2 in Hull


Listen to the audio clip of Win describing life as an evacuee at a country school during WW2.