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It is many years ago since the wartime evacuation of children.

I now find myself remembering the many mothers of that March morning in 1941.

When the train pulled out of my home town ‘Worthing station’, and us children waved goodbye to our mothers, I call those mothers ‘The Forgotten Mothers’.

Because I compare the mothers of that day with my own mother, who with a family of seven children, on that morning walked away from Worthing station, to return to their empty houses, in which only so recently they had enjoyed a whole family life.

I think I speak for the majority of the children of that morning, when I point out that the school teachers well prepared us to be evacuated.

We were told ‘we were going to a farming community town’, with plenty of farm produce to eat, farm animals to see, surrounded with beautiful countryside, and our mothers put on a brave face to encourage us to go.

In our family, my father put his age up to join the army in the Great War, then just before World War Two was declared, like so many other patriotic old soldiers, he joined the ‘Territorial Army’, so he was among the first to be called up again.

I am the fifth child of a family of seven children, and it was not long before my three eldest sisters were away from home in the services, then during ‘The Battle of Britain’ our mother, like many of the other mothers, took in evacuated children from London.

Then us four remaining children left mother that March morning for her to walk back to an empty house.

I wish to highlight the anguish those mothers must have suffered that day. I take my hat off to them, and may their God bless them, for there has never to my knowledge been any recognition of the pain and their part of the war.

Bert Kent

Centrecourt Road,

Worthing

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