Life as an evacuee

For our work on World War Two, we have been learning about what happened to children in the cities of the UK during the war. As an impending conflict with Germany loomed, the people of the UK were fearful that bombs and possible mustard gas would soon be falling. As a result, the people of the UK were issued with gas masks, which they were required to carry at all times, and children moved away to the safer countryside away from their families. These children were known as ‘evacuees’.


We have learning about the tales of different evacuees through our story “Goodnight Mister Tom” and also from analysing poetry written by children of the time. We used ideas from the poems we read to write some of our own that you can read below. We tried to use repetition, alliteration and emotive language to take the reader on the journey of what it was like being an evacuee.