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Happy days spent in Kettering

By Diana Smith

My Mum was evacuated to Kettering from London in September 1939.  Here she is with her lovely and loving foster family.

This page was added by Diana Smith on 11/08/2009.
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I was evacuated to Kettering in about June 1944 when the VI and VII bombs began to fall in London - probably I was there until March 1945. In June 1944 I had just turned 4. I was evacuated with my school: St. Aloysius Convent in Phoenix road, the Borough of St. Pancras near Euston Station. My middle sister, Patricia McKenna, aged 10, had a wonderful evacuation experience with the family she was billeted on . My other sister, Margaret McKenna and I, Frances McKenna, were not so lucky as no one was keen to have 2 children billeted on them. Eventually, we were moved to a hostel (I wish I knew where this was) as the FCJ Nuns in the school we were attending from London had moved down to Kettering and knew there were problems with the first Billet. Then many of the children in the hostel got chicken pox so we were moved by ambulance to a hospital (again I wish I knew its name - near a small pox isolated hospital). We shared a school in the town - I think for half days. I would love, now that I am nearly 70 ,to know something more of this history as it is the Seventieth Anniversary of WWII . The main stories one reads are about the 1939 Evacuation from London when, of course, I was only being formed in the womb (!) as I was born May 1939, four days after Churchill became Prime Minister. I would be so appreciative of any information from this period in Kettering purely for a personal interest in my own life history.

Frances J. B. McKenna

By FrancEs McKenna
On 02/10/2009


My Grandad ' John Henry Smith', known as Jack, was evacuated to Kettering during the war at about the same time with his sister Rose known as 'Fanny' and his brother William known as 'Bill'.  It's nice to read your lovely stories and try to get an understanding of life during those terrible hard times as a child. Thank you for telling us your story.

By sharon
On 29/04/2013

I'm trying to find out any information about my mother Sylvia Hunt who came to Kettering as a evacuee from 1941-1945. They left St Pancras Station, London and she travelled with her elder brother Lenny Hunt. He went to Park Road Junior School and my mother to Park Road Infants. My mother stayed with Mr and Mrs Smith and their daughter Margaret. Mr Smith was in the AMP. King George VI came to visit the AMPs and there was a photo taken of him on this visit with my mother in the crowd.  The local shop had this picture in their window and we're trying to trace any picture or gather information up about my mothers stay.  Also, we did ring Park Road School, but no record of my mother or of her brother could be found, so any comments or news would be appreciated.

By Barbara Griffiths
On 29/04/2013

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