Diary of an Evacuee by Daniel Bradshaw

Listen to exerts from a diary of a World War II evacuee written by Daniel Bradshaw, read and recorded by Daniel, ably assisted by Jay Roberts

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1st January 0001
Diary of an Evacuee During the Second World War
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My Experiences as an Evacuee During The Second World War

by

Daniel Bradshaw


May 17th 1941

I’m still at home, Dad’s joined the army and Mum’s going to be an ambulance driver. I’m as cold as a freezer and I have a sick feeling in my stomach, but I don’t think that’s because of the lunch I ate. I gradually walked out of the door to the train station. There was a poisonous smell in the air because of all the bombing and the fires. I always dreamed of the day I’d ride a train but instead of getting closer to my dream I drifted further away. I lifted my carry case onto the train and found a cold, still deserted cab, with just Miss James sitting silently. I waved goodbye to my Mum and then sat down.

May 18th 1941

I was waiting in the town hall. I was sort of nervous. My knees were knocking like an impatient milkman and I couldn’t feel the bottom part of my legs. A tall, strict looking man walked past our row. He stopped at me. I didn’t want him. He sneered at me. I started shaking. Rapidly I lost control. I fell back and smacked my head on the wall behind me.

May 19th 1941

I woke up in an old tattered rag of a bed with a sweet looking girl next to me. A woman was leaning over me. I asked where I was. She told me that her brother had picked me and I should stay in bed because of a serious head injury. My head was spinning. I was aching so much I thought I was still bleeding. I felt like someone was repeatedly hammering a nail into my head. Every little whisper sounded like a bomb had hit. It was so bad I wanted to scream in agony but I couldn’t let it out. I laid my head on my pillow but my head started hammering again. I wept.

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Raifah says...
it is quite good
should have written about your whole stay there
anyway quite good helped me with my homework
thx
27 October 13
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Lucy says...
this really helped with my homework! thanks
15 November 13
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Charlie says...
Thanks! You helped me write this:

May 16th 1941

This is it, tomorrow is the day i'm being evacuated, also Dad is joining the army soon, i hope he is ok when the war has ended (if it ever will) I am worried incase the person who chooses me isn't nice, If they are, then I will be happy, but still be sad that I have been taken away from my Mum and Dad, but not my sister! I am hoping where I am going is nice and warm, because here, it's as cold as a freezer. I am sitting here wondering where Dad will go in the army, and what will happen to him, as he said he is going all different places, but he told me not to worry, and that he would write letters to say how he was getting on and if his side was winning. I feel like he was just saying this to make me feel better, but I believe in him, as he has always been my hero. Mum says she is getting a new job for the war, but she doesn't know what quite yet. Anyway, I need to go to bed now so I can get up early.

May 17th 1941

I’m still at home, Dad’s joined the army and Mum’s going to be an ambulance driver. I’m as cold as frost and I have a sick feeling in my stomach, but I don’t think that’s because of the lunch I ate. Mum said it was time to go and I asked if I could take my stilts or pogo stick but she said no because it would take too much space on the train and after explaining that she repeated that it was time to go so I gradually walked out of the door to the train station. There was a poisonous smell in the air because of all the bombing and the fires. I always dreamed of the day I’d ride a train, but not like this, not without Mum and Dad.
3 months ago
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ellie jackson says...
this helped a lot for my evacuation project thank you
2 months ago
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stevie says...
a moving and interesting piece
1 months ago
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