Pat Field

Photo:Pat Field pictured feeding a lamb during her evacuation in Devon.

Pat Field pictured feeding a lamb during her evacuation in Devon.

Pat Field

Evacuation

Pat Field tells of her experiences of evacuation

Life in the Cotswolds

Pat Field talks about her time as an evacuee in Gloucestershire

Doodlebugs and Flying bombs

Pat Field talks about her experience of bombing in 1944

Recollections of evacuation to Devon and Gloucestershire

Evacuation to Devon

Pat Field was born in 1934 and lived with her family in Kidbrooke at the outbreak of war in 1939. In June 1940, she was evacuated with her school to Devon.  She recalls, ‘I was told that the King had said we had to go out of London. I was quite looking forward to it until the actual morning when I can remember sitting on a table in this basement flat in Kidbrooke Park Road and thinking, you know, ‘I don’t want to go’ and they were trying to persuade me’. Having been persuaded to go with the school to Devon, Pat was billeted with an older couple of a farm. The evacuated children attended the local school but were taught by their London teacher. During the school holidays Pat spent her days on the farm, sometimes helping out with tasks such as picking up potatoes.

Gloucestershire 

After less than eighteen months Pat left the farm and moved to Exeter for a short period with her mother who was expecting her second child. It was the intention that Pat’s mother was to find a place at a maternity hospital in the area for the birth but as there were no available places they had to return to London. From the end of 1941 to the end of the war, Pat and her mother were based in London but spent short periods in Gloucestershire during times of heavy bombardment. Considering the time she spent in Gloucestershire, Pat states ‘I loved it around there. We used to [...] run free up in the hills. It was just the edge of the Cotswolds and it was lovely. I mean, terrible thought, but I often think I probably had a more interesting childhood because of the war than if I would have been in London all the time’.

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Interview with Pat Field
Interview with Pat Field (189k)
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Evacuation
Evacuation (148k)
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Life in the Cotswolds
Life in the Cotswolds (65k)
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Doodlebugs and Flying bombs
Doodlebugs and Flying bombs (127k)
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