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Joyce Boston’s Story

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WORLD WAR 2 ~ EXPERIENCING EVACUATION

In any war, people can have very different experiences, depending on where they live, their age, their occupation and so on.  I asked Joyce Boston what were her memories of the Second World War.

Joyce was attending Wigan Girls’ High School when war broke out. She remembers that there were insufficient air-raid shelters for all the girls, so they had to go part time – taking turns to go in the morning or afternoon.

On leaving the 6th Form, Joyce was awarded a teacher training place at the Maria Grey College, which was affiliated to London University, but because of the war, the college girls were evacuated to Dudley College, near Wolverhampton, training from 1941 -1944.  Joyce had the company of two other girls from near Wigan.  They enjoyed going to concerts in Wolverhampton, listening to musicians such as Eileen Preshoff and Eileen Joyce.  The other students were mostly from private schools.  Trainee teachers were exempt from joining up, because teachers were needed.

On leaving college, Joyce was presented with a Froebel Certificate. Froebel developed the word ‘kindergarten’.   He believed that children should be nurtured like flowers, developing their individual gifts.  Her first job was at Wallasey High School, where she observed some of the devastation caused by the bombing.  Joyce had also experienced bombing at home in Wigan, feeling the vibration of the first bomb, which was dropped behind Woodfield School.  

By the end of the war Joyce decided to move into Infant teaching.  Not long after, she met a friend in Wigan market, who happened to mention that two teachers were leaving Bolton School and would need to be replaced.  Joyce was offered and accepted a position there, became Head of Infants and stayed until she retired from teaching.

Jenny (with information from Joyce)

WW2 Evacuation of children from Liverpool