I have been looking forward to the publication of this book for quite a while now, as Gillian has been adding the final touches to this fascinating story.
I do have a personal interest being a Guernsey-man and both my parents were evacuated to the UK and ended up serving in the forces. My father served in the Royal Navy and my mother ended up in the military police at the war crime trials in Germany.
There have been numerous stories written about the occupation of the Channel Islands, some even shedding a shadow over some of the Islanders that collaborated with the Germans. We are lucky enough not to have walked in their shoe’s, what action would we have taken to feed our families during those extremely difficult year. Others risked life and limb to make it difficult for the occupying forces and many others left the island to serve in the forces.
It is difficult to imagine how hard it must have been as a very young child to be separated from you family, despite the love and care given by the hosting families in the UK. Strong bonds were formed over those horrific five years, many continue to this day. Our family still have strong links with families in the UK that cared for my parents and other lifelong friends from the forces. The bonds continue even as older family members have passed away, including sadly both my parent. However, we now have links as another generation and we will never forget what our families had to endure to give us the freedom we have today.
Gillian’s novel will give us a great insight into what life was like for many evacuees, including some stories that have never been published before. She has put a lot of time, effort and love into her novel and I know it will be on many bookshelf’s in Channel Island homes.
Here is a video put together by Gillian about ‘Guernsey Evacuees The Forgotten Story’