Comments

Sound recording of Evelyn Wells, née Griffin, speaking about the Occupation and the years after. She was interviewed on 07/02/2005 by Stuart Nicolle for the Liberation to Coronation Oral History Project. Mrs Wells speaks about life during the occupation, the german soldiers, the russian prisonners, her father unloading the Vega, her mother working at the hospital and as district nurse during the was, the fortifications in St Aubin, sabotaging and the germans equipment, the soup kitchen at St Aubin, the cleaning up after liberation, her sister wanting to escape the island, the food shortages, the rationing after liberation for a time, the slow changes and the new shops in St Aubins, her involvement in the Girl Guides, going to Royal Square on Liberation day, the visit of the King and Queen, her time at St Brelade's Central school during the occupation, working as a nanny, moving to England, meeting her husband and coming back to Jersey, working for Vivian Vivert, the traffic and life in St Helier, the tourist season, the cinemas, the battle of flower and the St Aubins fete, the International Road Race, the new St Aubins Parish Hall, the potatoes and tomatoes vans lining up at the weighbridge, the end of the construction of the catholic church in St Aubin, the death of the king and watching the coronation on television.

Reference

C/D/P/P1/81

Date

February 7th 2005

Names

Jersey Heritage Trust
Nicolle, Stuart
Wells, Evelyn, née Griffin
Griffin, Evelyn
Girl Guides
Royal Square, St Helier
St Brelade Central school
Vibert, Vivian
St Aubins Parish Hall

Keywords

history | oral history | sound recordings | sound | Liberation | Occupation | soldiers | Prisoners of war | Russians | Vega (ship) | matrons | district nurses | Fortifications | Railway | sabotage | stealing | soup kitchens | cleaning | escapes | shortages | Food | Rationing | Shops | Royal Visits | nannies | traffic | tourists | cinemas | Battle of Flowers | Fetes | International Road Race | Potatoes | tomatoes | vans | weighbridges | constructions | Churches | royal deaths | Coronations | televisions

Dimensions

1 digital sound recording

Language

English

Level of description

file

Access Restriction

Digital Sound Recording. Ask at Helpdesk for Access.

Closed until

2100

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