WWII child returns to birthplace after 70 years

Bucks Free Press: Hazel Bird (right) with town crier Dick Smith (centre) and Daphne Rolphe, the daughter of the family who housed the family (left) Hazel Bird (right) with town crier Dick Smith (centre) and Daphne Rolphe, the daughter of the family who housed the family (left)

A LADY who was born in Beaconsfield during the war after her mum was evacuated from London has returned and met with the family who she was stationed with.

Hazel Bird knew very little about her childhood but as a present for her 70th Birthday she was able to return to her birthplace.

With the help of Beaconsfield Town Council clerk, Margaret Mathie, and town crier, Dick Smith, Mrs Bird was able to return to her former home.

One of the only pictures she has of her parents, as her mother sadly died when she was just ten, is of the family in Bekonscot Model village.

During her return to Beaconsfield they visited the model village and an emotional reunion was even made with the daughter of the family she lived with, who can still remember Hazel being born.

Mrs Bird said: "It was very emotional, I cried and cried at times, but it was one of the best celebrations for me.

"I had very few memories of Beaconsfield apart from a smell, which I couldn’t quite remember, but I recognised it straight away from the local newsagents.

"It was so nice to meet with the daughter of the Benyon’s who looked after us- I cannot believe she remembered me.

"I am so thankful for all the work of Margaret and Dick who took us around the area and allowed me to find more out about Beaconsfield."

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2:25pm Wed 16 Apr 14

motco says...

Err... WW1?
Err... WW1? motco
  • Score: 2

2:51pm Wed 16 Apr 14

bucks_boy says...

So English isn't a strong point for the BFP and maths and history aren't either by the look of it.
So English isn't a strong point for the BFP and maths and history aren't either by the look of it. bucks_boy
  • Score: 3

12:15am Thu 17 Apr 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

Spelling of Daphne's second name - with an e on the end looks a bit dodgy too.
Spelling of Daphne's second name - with an e on the end looks a bit dodgy too. Undercover Euro Yob
  • Score: 8

12:18am Thu 17 Apr 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

bucks_boy wrote:
So English isn't a strong point for the BFP and maths and history aren't either by the look of it.
Their brain surgery people though are strong though - **** strong - if we ever start having a lot of brain surgery in the area you'll see what I mean and respect them.
[quote][p][bold]bucks_boy[/bold] wrote: So English isn't a strong point for the BFP and maths and history aren't either by the look of it.[/p][/quote]Their brain surgery people though are strong though - [italic]**** [/italic]strong - if we ever start having a lot of brain surgery in the area you'll see what I mean and [italic]respect [/italic]them. Undercover Euro Yob
  • Score: 3

12:20am Thu 17 Apr 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

(missing word was 'd a m n' - 'd a m n strong')
(missing word was [italic]'d a m n' [/italic] - [italic]'d a m n [/italic] strong') Undercover Euro Yob
  • Score: 0

12:21am Thu 17 Apr 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

Damned - testing. ('D a m n e d')
Damned - testing. ('D a m n e d') Undercover Euro Yob
  • Score: -4

12:22am Thu 17 Apr 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

'Damned strong' I should have said.
[italic]'Damned[/italic] strong' I should have said. Undercover Euro Yob
  • Score: 1

12:22am Thu 17 Apr 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

Anyway I won't go on about it - I think I've made my point.
Anyway I won't go on about it - I think I've made my point. Undercover Euro Yob
  • Score: 0

12:23am Thu 17 Apr 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

Did all this happen in Lakes Lane?
Did all this happen in Lakes Lane? Undercover Euro Yob
  • Score: 2

9:27am Thu 17 Apr 14

CatherineAB says...

Could your journalists learn when and where to use apostrophes?
Could your journalists learn when and where to use apostrophes? CatherineAB
  • Score: 1

2:18pm Thu 17 Apr 14

bucks_boy says...

All the right letters and punctuation, but not necessarily in the right order?
All the right letters and punctuation, but not necessarily in the right order? bucks_boy
  • Score: 2

9:39pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Undercover Euro Yob says...

I think we shouldn't carp on about the negative - we should emphasise the brain surgeons.
I think we shouldn't carp on about the negative - we should emphasise the brain surgeons. Undercover Euro Yob
  • Score: 2

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