What is it?
It is a report , dated June 1943, of a rally held at Belle Vue in 1943. The
rally was attended by 6,000 evacuees who fled Guernsey, Jersey, Alderney and
Sark, to England in June 1940. A few days later their islands were occupied by
Germany. The report was printed in a monthly magazine, produced by the evacuees
When did you get it?
Where did you get it from, and how?
I was given all the magazines that the evacuees produced during the war by an
evacuee who now lives in Guernsey. They had been found in the basement of
What does it mean to you?
The report describes an event that was very important to the Channel Island
evacuees. It was one of the few times during the war that they were able to
gather together, in their thousands. Many had travelled a great distance to
reach Belle Vue. Adults and children attended and saw relatives and friends
that they had not seen since June 1940 in Guernsey. It must have been a very