Children
 
FOXLEY CAMP 1946-58
Zbigniew Pawlowicz's photos of WW2 displaced Poles in Foxley camp, Herefordshire, UK
 
 
General History
Foxley DP camp history
 
 
Foxley Manor
Foxley Manor house
 
 
Life in the DP Camp - Entertainment
Foxley DP camp scenes
 
 
School
Education was in English
 
 
Religion
Religious events
 
 
Camp barracks
Living conditions in Foxley camp
 
 
Countryside
Herefordshire countryside
 
 
Marriage and children
Bringing up children in a DP camp
 
 
Transport
Foxley was miles from anywhere
 
 
Work and Play
Earning a living
 
 
Reunion 26 September 2009
Reunion of Foxley residents
 
 

Marriage and children

Life was difficult for many people immediately after World War Two, but particularly for those who had been forced out of their homeland and had to learn a new language, earn a living, build a home.

Attending other people's weddings...

wedding

...soon got people asking about your own (this one was held in Weobley as the Foxley chapel was not registered for such ceremonies)...

Weobley wedding car

Glamorous girls became wives

Jadwiga

...which led to a baby...

baby

One baby was a handful...

site author being fed apple puree

...let alone more babies...

family

...and some mothers still managed to stay glamorous

Greta Garbo was showing at cinemas

Sometimes an older child would look after a younger one

Looking after baby brother by the bins

Children played together

Peering through flowers with Stasia

A birthday party.

kids' parties

Often children were "minded" by an older boy

Minder and kids

Sometimes a rich relative would donate a children's toy (as in this rocking horse)

Rocking horse

Some children left the camp early on when their parents emigrated (the lad on the left here went to America)

Friends

Children were often very happy

Smiling girls

...although sometimes there was reason to cry

Crying

Children often had "formal" photos taken at certain ages

Peter and Elizabeth

Children played with anything to hand - a steering wheel...

Playing with a steering wheel

...or with ants on the concrete path...

chasing ants

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