Before the Last All Clear: Memories of a Man Still Haunted by the Cruelties He Endured

Before the Last All Clear: Memories of a Man Still Haunted by the Cruelties He Endured

by Ray Evans


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During World War II, millions of British children were evacuated from their homes to avoid possible air raids. Set in a world of ration books, air-raid sirens, and ever-present danger, this is a candid and direct account of wartime Britain as seen through the eyes of a child.

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ISBN-13: 9781600373787
Publisher: Morgan James Publishing
Publication date: 08/01/2008
Pages: 308
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Born in Liverpool in 1933, Ray Evans was evacuated to the South Wales town of Llanelli at the outbreak of World War II. He remained there until the cessation of hostilities in 1945. When he left school he spent two years in Egypt as a member of the Royal Army Medical Corps, before marrying in 1956. The author started a wholesale clothing business in 1964 and ran this enterprise successfully until 1995 when he and his family moved to the USA. Here he lived first in New England, but is now a resident in Virginia. He has been happily married to his wife, Lilian, for 49 years; they have two children and six grandchildren.

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macygma on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you were a child in World War II Britain, it¿s quite possible that when you arrived at school on a normal day in September of 1939 you were greeted with a note to be taken home to your parents immediately. Over 3 million children were evacuated from Britain to Wales, Canada and even the United States. This is the story of one evacuee and his family and you¿d best get tissues now.Ray Evans was one of nine children in a home in Liverpool and was 6 years old when he and his older siblings were shipped off to live with volunteer families in South Wales. Ray¿s dad broke the gas meter in the basement to get money for shoes for his children to wear on the train. They were happy kids but certainly not wealthy. He was told to stay with his oldest sister but, upon arriving in Wales they found girls went with girls and boys with boys. Ray and his brother Frank went to live with Mr. and Mrs. Jones while the girls went to live with a Mrs. White who immediately welcomed them with open arms.Mrs. Jones, not so much. It was her husband¿s idea to take in two evacuees and she never let the boys forget it. An obsessive compulsive person, she had a strict schedule and God helps the person who interfered! They ran away from her and were them sent to a Mrs. Simmons and her two sons who made Mrs. Jones look like the Virgin Mother in comparison. Ah well¿This book made me cheer for Ray and his brothers and sisters and also broke my heart. This isn¿t any ¿Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe¿ evacuation story. This is real and should be read by any student of World War II, history in general and any advocate of children. Ray did good in writing this and three cheers to Morgan James for publishing it!