Posts Tagged ‘WWII’

Mrs Drury with evacuees

January 6, 2016

This photo dates from the time of the Second World War and features a Mrs Drury of High Street in Market Lavington with four evacuee children, all looking a bit miserable, it has to be said. The little ones had been sent from their own homes to an unknown destination where local residents cherry picked children to live with them. Some of the youngsters were lucky and formed lifelong friendships with their foster parents, brothers and sisters. Others were less fortunate. We have no idea how these children fared but they appear to be well looked after.

Mrs Drury and evacuees during World War II

Mrs Drury and evacuees during World War II

We are very short of information on this photo. We think Mrs Drury might be Constance Ethel, known as Ethel whose husband was Bill Drury. They had a house on High Street at the time the 1939 electoral roll was drawn up. But also on that list is a Marjorie Helena Drury of High Street so it could be her.

If anybody can tell us any more we’d be delighted to hear from them.

Cash in a bottle

June 19, 2015

Guessing the value of cash in a bottle was a fund raiser during World War Two. The little game was designed to raise funds for war weapons. We have the results sheet.

Results sheet for Cash in a bottle competition

Results sheet for Cash in a bottle competition

125 coins had been put in a bottle. It is interesting to note that there were £1 coins called sovereigns and also half sovereign coins.  There were crowns as well, worth a quarter of a pound. They are called five shilling pieces in the list. Other coins represent the normal pre decimal currency – the lower denomination. If you had a pounds worth of farthings you’d have 960 of the little coins. Three penny pieces were 80 to the pound. The jar full came to five pound ten shillings and nine and three quarter pence.

Colin Jones was the winner, just three farthings out from the actual amount and he was awarded ten shillings worth of Savings Stamps.

There are other good local names amongst the winners. What we are not told is how much money went to the War Weapons Fund.