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  • Pupils learn how life was for youngsters in the Second World War

    Henry James

    MEMBERS of the Skelmersdale Veterans' Association visited Moorside Community Primary School to talk about the Second World War.

    The group all served in the armed forces and land army and brought into school a display of different items from the war.

    Youngsters had the chance to look and touch the items and try on different uniforms.

    The veterans also explained what young people would take with them during evacuation.

    Alan Lewis, the chairman of the Skelmersdale Veterans' Association said: “The young people learnt about the Second World War and how children were evacuated from cities like Belfast, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Birmingham and London.

    “We also explained what children had to do when they were sent to other families in the countryside.

    “The children would have to work on the farm, help in the fields and feed the animals.

    “They would have left home with one small suitcase and all the clothes they had.

    “The youngsters were also issued with a small box with a gas mask and a luggage tag.

    “On the tag was a reference number of where they had come from, and written on it as well was their name and age. They had a post card too, which they could send to their parents on arrival.

    “Many young people were evacuated to Australia and never saw their family again.”

    Alan brought along the medals of his grandfather and his own medals. The children were also interested in his MBE.

    Pupils met veteran Margaret Nind who was a land army volunteer and helped on the home front.

    Alan added: “We would like to say thank you to Moorside school staff and pupils who were fantastic hosts.”

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