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Belgian Refugees

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bts1970

Purton(Wiltshire)

Housed upto 19 families during the War period. All the men & boys took work around the village (Mainly agricultural work as you may expect although at least one worked as a smithy & one as a carpenter) as did the women who took needlework classes to be able to be self sufficient and therefore not a further burden to their hosts in the Village. From my research i believe all apart from one family swiftly returned home at the end of the War.

From Bavins book, Swindons War record "A large number of refugees were housed".

Bob

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