DAMFIELD LANE MAGHULL

 

In anticipation of  the bombing of  Liverpool at the start of WW2, three camps were built on requisitioned land in and around Maghull to house bombed out families.  However the blitz was over before the camps were completed and, in 1947, the hutted camp at Damfield Lane became home to Polish soldiers and their families.

 
 
 

The National Assistance Board took over the administration of the camp and  appointed Mr. J. Q. Evans as the first warden. Although Mr. Evans administrated the camp for just over a year, he became a popular and well liked warden. When he was promoted to a new post  the Polish community  from Damfield Lane presented him with an album of photographs and  over a 140 signatures  from well wishers from the camp.

 
 
 

Mr. Evans with members of the camp committee and administration staff

 
 

A farewell speech given by on of the committee members.

LADIES and GENTLEMEN, we have met here today to say "Good Bay " to our Warden Mr. Evans, who is leaving us on promotion to a post at Headquarters.

In the name of the Hostel residents I greet Mr. Balderson and all our British guests and cordially thank them for coming here and, by their presence, giving greater meaning to our farewell to our beloved and highly esteemed Warden Mr. Evans.  I greet also the residents of the Hostel, who by their presence, show their loyalty and affection for Mr. Evans.
 
I openly Admit to all of you that this news of the departure of Mr. Evans filled us with sorrow and grief, because we are losing in him a good and kind person. Mr. Evans knows well the reason for our stay here and that, for the conditions now existing in Poland it is not we, but others that are to blame and therefore he always looked very kindly on us so that the bread of exile should not be too bitter for us.
 
I thank you Mr. Evans most cordially for you kindness and friendship towards us and our children.  I wish you Mr. Evans all the best for the future and I am sure that the memory of you will always remain  in our hearts.
 
Maghull 11/5/1948
 

Other then the photos which were sent in by Mr. Evans' family I have no other  information about the camp.  From references found in the National Archives it seems likely that the camp had a nursery, junior school and a chapel.

 

If you or your family lived in the camp and you have photos you would like to add to the page or can name any one please get in touch.

 

Nursery children with their teachers

 
 

Mr. Evans surrounded by the camp's children in national dress

First Communion with the camp's priest, Mr. Evans and the children's families.

 

Proud to be Polish

 

 

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