'Longing reunion. Fondest love, Mum Dad’

'Longing reunion. Fondest love, Mum Dad’

What would you say if your only means of communicating with your family was a 25 word message that would take months to arrive?

The Hill family from Guernsey were separated by the Second World War. William and Florence decided to send their two eldest sons away from the island as the war in Europe came closer. Half the population of Guernsey left - but William and Florence stayed behind with their youngest son and William’s elderly parents. 

From 30 June 1940, they were living under German occupation. 

However, the Hill’s found there was one way of hearing news about their children and other family members who had left Guernsey. Watch IWM curator Simon Offord to find out how brief letters kept one family connected through their wartime separation.

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