Before the Last All Clear
Memories of a Man Still Haunted by the Cruelties He Endured
By Ray Evans
(Morgan James Publishing, Paperback, 9781600373787)
Publication Date: August 2008
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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Some recall it as the greatest adventure of their lives. For others, being a wartime evacuee was a nightmare. These are the witty yet deeply poignant memories of a man still haunted by the cruelties he endured. During World War II, around three and a half million British children were evacuated away from possible air raids in the big cities in one of the largest social upheavals Great Britain has ever seen. One of those children was Ray Evans. This is the story of a young evacuee from Liverpool sent to live in the Welsh town of Llanelli. Separated from his mother, brothers and sisters, six-year old Ray was dispatched to a series of families who ignored, exploited and brutalised him. Pushed from pillar to post, he finally finds happiness with a family who make him so welcome that he is reluctant to leave when war ends. 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.
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.
"Some recall it as the greatest adventure of their lives. For others, being a wartime evacuee was a nightmare. These are the witty yet deeply poignant memories of a man still haunted by the cruelties he endured." -- Daily Mail ""Largest Newspaper in the UK""