During the Second World War schools were evacuated from Southampton, mostly to Bournemouth. Bournemouth figures estimated that at the start of the war there were from Southampton 7,724 official evacuees, 5,104 unaccompanied children, 859 mothers, 1,038 under-fives, 42 expectant mothers, 340 teachers, 12 helpers and 327 blind people. The number fell fast as children and families returned home, and in April 1940 the number still in Bournemouth from Southampton was estimated as 2,800. By December 1941 the number was given as 907. (These figures seem low given the size of some of the schools evacuated to Bournemouth.)

St Anne's School was evacuated to Talbot Heath School, Bournemouth, from 1939 to 1944. Taunton's School was the largest secondary school in the country to be evacuated (600 children were evacuated) and was accommodated at Bournemouth School (a boys' grammar school). The two schools maintained links after the war. The Girls' Grammar School was evacuated to Bournemouth School for Girls at the Lansdowne until 1942 when they moved to the Wentworth School site at Southbourne (now Wentworth Milton Mount School).

Some children were accommodated in hostels in Bournemouth. There were several hostels for young children (4 Milton Road for twenty children under 2; 11 Marlborough Road and 53 Wellington Road for 76 children aged 2-5). There were also hostels for older children (boys at 12 Suffolk Road, girls at 11 Argyll Road) and one for "difficult" girls (179 Belle Vue Road).

An Evacuees' Club was started by Horace Maybray-King and his wife, Florence King, at 109 Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth, to provide a place where parents could spend time with their children.

Two Southampton evacuees were injured by a bomb on the beach in Bournemouth in 1942, the children having got through the barbed wire defences.


See also:

Horace Maybray-King - Maybray-King was very involved in the Bournemouth evacuation.


External links:

Echo article about children evacuated from Southampton to Bournemouth. Includes a picture of Maybray-King leading the evacuation of Taunton's School.
Bournemouth and the Second World War 1939-1945, by M A Edgington (Bournemouth Local Studies Publications No 728, 1994). Much of the detailed information above comes from this book.
David Diaper's memories of growing up in Northam, including being evacuated first to Wimborne and then to Chandler's Ford.


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