Here, surely, is a local record for evacuee billeting!
Mrs O’Brien, writing to the Editor from Richmond Farm, Appledore, states: “There are eleven of us – six children and five grown-ups and we have been in the same billet since our arrival, October 1940, and, I must add, in perfectly happy conditions. I don’t think that anyone can beat that for length of stay with similar size family”. Mr Wm Rendle, of Richmond Farm, in a footnote in verification adds that they have all been one big happy family.
In the picture, from left to right are: Standing, Miss Patricia O’Brien, Miss Joyce Plumb, Michael O’Brien, Mrs N O’Brien, Maurice O’Brien, Mrs G Harris. Sitting: Mrs Plumb, Frank O’Brien, Mr W Rendle, Peter Harris, Mr E Plumb and Margaret O’Brien.
Thus, commencing with Mr and Mrs Plumb, there are three generations evacuated to this billet. They came here from Lewisham, through Mr P O’Brien, who is in the Army and was at that time stationed at Northam.
Mrs N O’Brien’s husband is in the Royal Navy.
Gazette article dated 20 June 1944