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Wartime memories sought


I am looking for information regarding children who were sent from Alvechurch to Worcester orphanages around 1918 onwards.

I am hoping that some of the Village readers will, like me, be doing their family history and can shed some light on this subject. Photographs would be a great bonus.

My grandmother, Kate Ross, was left a young widow after losing my grandfather, aged 45, in July 1914.

Being left with eight children, and with no welfare state, a decision was made for the non-working children to be sent to an orphanage.

I know it was in Worcester but as yet haven’t discovered which one. There were a few at that time.

There were many tears when the children left Withybed Green, my mother Alice being one of them. I think there were three or four siblings with her.

I don’t know how long she stayed there but do know that her brother Charlie left the orphanage aged 15 when he boarded a ship, with many others, for Canada.

I would be very interested to hear from anyone who has information on this subject, especially the name of the orphanage.

I do know there were others from the village who went, and would imagine that the church may have had something to do with the situation.

I am also researching the Home Guard for Alvechurch and surrounding areas, and any information would be greatly appreciated – again, photographs would be a big bonus.

Please contact me on 0121 445 5544 if you can be of any help.

Roslyn Morris (nee George)