THE children of Addison Gardens School, Hammersmith, were evacuated in September 1939 to various locations in Buckinghamshire, including Maids Moreton, Akeley, Chackmore, Thornborough, Turweston, Padbury and High Wycombe.

Many of the children had never been to the countryside before and were astounded at 'feeling so much space around them and so much grass'.

At Maids Moreton lessons were held in the village hall and the female pupils, pictured here in

January 1940, can be seen listening to a BBC radio broadcast for schools.

Later that month, many of the pupils appeared in a nativity play at the hall. From Hammersmith & Fulham: The Twentieth Century by Christine Bayliss and Jane Kimber ISBN 0-7509-2040-8