Janet Ambrose

Recollections of evacuation to Huddersfield.

'Bombs were a normal thing'

At the outbreak of war, Janet Ambrose lived with her family near Beckenham. As Janet was only two years old in 1939, she was too young to be evacuated without her mother. As a result, she remained at home with her family until the re-commencement of bombing in 1944. Being a young child, Janet quickly adapted to the circumstances of war: ‘ I was two...when war started and bombs were a normal thing. They weren’t going to hit us. We were safe, never worry. We got a roof that will do. Nevertheless, there was this lifetime of air raid warnings going down in the shelter and coming out and everything was interrupted’.

Evacuation to Huddersfield

In 1944, at the age of seven Janet was evacuated to Huddersfield. Evacuation was arranged through the Stewart Fleming School and the children were taken Huddersfield by train. Upon arrival the children were taken to a Rest Centre for the night. Janet recalls, ‘I can remember lying there and I felt so ill and I didn’t know what to do. Suddenly I was sick in the bed and I still didn’t know what to do in this Rest Centre and I just started crying and these lovely ladies rescued me’. The following day, the children were allocated billets. Janet and her sister were placed with an elderly couple and were well looked after. The siblings remained in Huddersfield for 10 months before their mother came to bring them back to London.

This page was added by Malin Lundin on 25/06/2012.