St Silas School Evacuees

Evening all!

I’m back after a busy weekend of family get togethers and email writing! I survived, although I had forgotten how exhausting my 3-year-old niece and 7-year-old nephew could be, they are full of beans! I spent part of my extra day off raiding my local Library for local history books and am quite proud of the little stack they managed to provide.

Tonight, however, I’m looking for any wartime pupils of St Silas School, Dingle from Liverpool. As I mentioned in my previous post, Lampeter and the area saw many young evacuees from Liverpool during the Second World War but I have found specific mention of a St Silas pupil evacuated to Lampeter. I’m not sure if the school would have been evacuated all together to the same area so I am looking for anyone who could possibly shed a little light on this for me. Were you a pupil at St Silas at the time or know someone who was? Or maybe you became a foster family for a wartime evacuee from Liverpool, I’d be interested to hear from anyone who can help!

I have some reading to get on with now, but until next time have a good week!

Rhian – West Wales at War

8 thoughts on “St Silas School Evacuees

    • Hi Claire,
      That’s amazing do you know anything about his time in Felinfach? I have recently been interviewing people who lived in the area at the time and many of them remember there being a lot of evacuees in the village who came from Liverpool.
      I’d be interested in hearing anything you know about his time in Felinfach!
      Lovely to hear from you.
      Rhian – West Wales at War

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      • I’m the Dad that Claire noted to you. I was “billeted” with Mr Dai Hughes at the shop
        And was looked after by lovely lady named Grace and Rhona ran the shop. I went to the school – now replaced and still visit when I can visiting old friends Aeron & Sal who live in the old Post Office next to the shop.

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      • Hi Freddy! It’s great to hear from you thanks for getting in touch. I visited Aeron and Sal last month and they mentioned your stay at the shop and that you still visit! It’s lovely to hear from you and I’d really enjoy hearing more about your time in Felinfach if you’d be happy to share. The email is westwalesatwar@gmail.com it would be fantastic to hear more of your memories of Felinfach as I grew up there too.
        Thanks again for getting in touch I look forward to hearing from you!
        Rhian – West Wales at War

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      • Hi Rhian
        Memory fades with time but old friends don’t – Areon and Sal remain my source of information regarding the past and recent life in Felin-fach. I have been backward and forwards to Felin-fach quite a lot over the last 14 years doing work with the Council and when I stayed overnight with Dewi and Caryl in Aberaeron.
        To visit the chapel with Aeron and Sal was a pleasure and I remember singing a solo there (in Welsh but that has faded now) Aeron knew the song – Panty something!
        Regards
        Fred

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      • Hi Fred,
        It’s fantastic that you have been back several times to visit and Aeron and Sal are amazing when it comes to the history of the village!
        Were you evacuated with your school from Liverpool?
        Rhian – West Wales at War

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      • Good Morning Rhian Yes — it was a mass school evacuation from Liverpool and I was at that time just one of many.I have just been looking at ‘Liverpool evacuees 1941’ on the internet – it will interest you.  It seemed only mothers were there to see us off – dad’s were obviously away in the war.
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      • Hi Fred, thanks I will take a look at Liverpool Evacuees 1941 it sounds interesting!
        Would you mind if I emailed you? I’d love to keep you up to date with what I’m working on and ask if there is something you may be able to help with or remember about your time in Felinfach.
        Thanks, Rhian

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