Were you evacuated during war; if so, what's your story?

Were you evacuated as a child during the Second World War? If so, historian and author John Welshman would be keen to hear from you. He is currently writing a book on the social history of the evacuation of schoolchildren during the Second World War, to

Were you evacuated as a child during the Second World War? If so, historian and author John Welshman would be keen to hear from you. He is currently writing a book on the social history of the evacuation of schoolchildren during the Second World War, to be published in September 2009, on the 70th anniversary of the evacuation.

But he needs more stories from people like you, who were there, on the ground. If you were evacuated, what do you remember about going to the train station? What was the journey like? What was it like to experience the countryside for the first time? Did you get on with the family you were staying with? Were you evacuated overseas, for example to Canada? And what was it like when you finally returned home?

If you weren't evacuated yourself, do you remember evacuees arriving in your town or village? What were they like? Did you feel they were very different to you and your friends? Did it change the way you thought about life in the cities?

If you would like to tell your story, please write it out (as short or as long as you like) and post it to John, at the Institute for Health Research, Lancaster University, Alexandra Square, Lancaster LA1 4YT. Alternatively, email him on j.welshman@lancaster.ac.uk