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Child Evacuation 1940's HELP

Child Evacuation 1940's HELP

Posted: 13 Sep 2013 10:44AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 14 Sep 2013 9:42AM GMT
Hi my Nanna was just a young girl during the war. She was born Annie Elizabeth Gordon 1935 Gateshead but was living in Birmingham when the war started. She was evacuated to South Wales with her older brother Luke Skelly Gordon who was only three years older than her.

She doesn't remember an awful lot during her time in Wales but she remembers a Mrs. Morgan rescuing her and her brother from their abusive first evacuation home.

She remembers Mrs Morgan being lovely and kind and she already had an evacuee in her care fron London who sadly lost both his parents during the blitz (his sister came to collect him after that)

She remembers people calling Mrs Morgan "Margie" and she remembers Mrs Morgan's husband was called William Morgan and they had a son who was injured during the battle of Britain he was a spit fire pilot (I think that's what they call it) His name was Bertie Morgan.

My Nanna remembers receiving news that Mr. Morgan died not long after she returned home abt 1945/1946 and Mrs Morgan in her letter said it was of a broken heart after having to let the children go back home after loving them as his own for over three years.

My Nanna's thinks her last letter from the Morgan family was about 1960 to let her know Mrs Morgan had passed away.

My Nanna only remembers one piece of Mrs Morgan's home address "21Trybirth Street" My nanna said she can't rememberr spelling of trybirth street but it sounded like turrybirth when people said it but she was in South Wales so she wasn't sure how it would of been spelt.

I was wondering if it is possible to access the evacuation records or maybe my Nanna can send a request to somewhere to access her own records?

Re: Child Evacuation 1940's HELP

Posted: 13 Sep 2013 5:25PM GMT
Classification: Query
This is a shot in the dark but, from your "turrybirth" pronunciation I think you might be looking for :

21, Tir y Berth Street, Tir y Berth, Hengoed, Caerphilly, CF82 8AQ

http://goo.gl/maps/2VoxI

Re: Child Evacuation 1940's HELP

Posted: 14 Sep 2013 9:39AM GMT
Classification: Query
I'll mention this to my Nanna when i see and see if it will ring any bells.
All the letters from the Morgan family was lost during the 60's when my Nanna was raising a family and over the years they just got lost during house moves etc..

She remembers that Mrs. Morgan wrote to my Great-Nanna asking her to allow her to adopt my Nanna and her older brother Luke. Obvisouly my Great-Nanna declined the request but she and Mrs Morgan stayed in touch over the years which allowed Mrs Morgan to stay intouch with the children.

Re: Child Evacuation 1940's HELP

Posted: 14 Sep 2013 11:21AM GMT
Classification: Query
If you click on the Google link I gave, you should also see a photo of the house. It looks pre-war to me, so I suspect that this may have been the same house see stayed at and may recognise it?? I've also found on another site that evacuees were placed in this area.

Re: Child Evacuation 1940's HELP

Posted: 14 Sep 2013 11:47AM GMT
Classification: Query
Thankyou so much.

Yeah I clicked on the link and I plan to show my Nanna the picture to see if it rings any bells. She just really wants to say thankyou to the family via letter and hopefully visit Mrs and Mr Morgan's graves (if they have graves) to say her final goodbyes as she has always missed them and regretted never going back when she had the chance.

Can you share the link for the site that mentiones evacuees in the are as it might help.

Re: Child Evacuation 1940's HELP

Posted: 14 Sep 2013 4:59PM GMT
Classification: Query
You've already found it!!! I see that you have posted to the Francis Frith site. Scroll down the page from your message and you will see a message about evacuees at the village of Cefn Hengoed, which is next to Tiryberth.

Re: Child Evacuation 1940's HELP

Posted: 9 Jun 2014 6:05PM GMT
Classification: Query
thank you very much for your help.

I may be in touch with relatives of Bertie. Hopefully it is the same family

Re: Child Evacuation 1940's HELP

Posted: 11 Jun 2014 6:32PM GMT
Classification: Query
The street name suggests a derivation from the area of Tir-y-berth near Hengoed in the Rhymney Valley.

There's a Tir-y-berth Street in Gelligaer, which is nearby, but the appearance of the houses on Google Streetview suggests post-war construction - though they might possibly be immediately pre-war.

Letters to local newspapers circulating in the Rhymney Valley summarising your known facts might get a useful response.

Can't advise on evacuation records, I'm afraid - no experience of that area of research. This TNA webpage may help you a little: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/records/looking-for-perso...

Re: Child Evacuation 1940's HELP

Posted: 12 Jun 2014 4:35PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you we've since got in touch with the Granddaughter of the woman who cared for my Nanna.
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