Hernville Road School Balham 1938 39

A Memory of Balham

I started at Hernville Road School when I was 5 in 1937 and when war broke out in 1939 we happened to be staying with my grandfather so I didn't get evacuated with the school. BUT prior to that, I have a vivid memory of being assembled and waiting in the school hall with an eiderdown fastened up with a leather belt with my name and number (1018) and a small suitcase. I had no gas mask because they were issued whilst I was at my grandfather's. Then the headmistress came in and told us we could all go home! Was this in 1938 or was it a practise for a future evacuation? Can anyone shed light on this - I've never met anyone who has a similar memory. My name then was Sellers.

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