The Ward Family

Kit and Jack Ward were very popular in the village, taking in Phyllis Blogg and her family as evacuees during World War Two. They still have relatives living in the village, who have kindly filled in some gaps in their story.

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The Hope Family

Just after Bishopsteignton Heritage opened its doors to visitors at the HUB in the Community Centre, we were visited by a gentleman who, it turned out, had been evacuated to the village in 1941. His name is John Hope, and he was the nephew of Phyllis Blogg.

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The Cross Family

David, Pat and Ted Cross were London evacuees staying in Bishopsteignton from June 1940 – January 1942.This is their story as described in a letter to Dick Searle, then the curator of Bishopsteignton Museum.

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The McGregor Family

John Harvey McGregor (known as Jack), his wife Audrey Pamela (Pam) Brooke lived mainly in Surrey with their two sons John (b. 1937) and Richard (b. 1939). In September 1940 they moved to Devon to escape the blitz, and it was then that they came to live in Bishopsteignton.

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Geoffrey Theodore Garratt M.B.E. MA

Geoffrey Theodore Garratt was born 7 November 1888, in Little Tew, Oxfordshire. Son of Charles Foster Garratt and Agnes Mary Garratt (née Percival). He married Annie Beryl Garratt (née Benthall) in April, 1920. He served in the First World War and during the Second World War in the Pioneer Corps as a Major, 135713. He died in Pembrokeshire on 28th April, 1942.

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Evacuees

During WWII many children, and sometimes their parents, were evacuated from inner cities and ended up in Bishopsteignton. These are the stories of some of them.

THE CIVILIAN EVACUATION SCHEME IN BRITAIN DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR (LN 6194) A policeman helps some young evacuees, and a nun who is escorting them, at a London station. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205019036
THE CIVILIAN EVACUATION SCHEME IN BRITAIN DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR (LN 6194) A policeman helps some young evacuees, and a nun who is escorting them, at a London station. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205019036

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