World War II’s Forgotten Generation: Author Ronnie Carroll Tells of Life under the UK's Wartime Child Evacuation Program

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New book provides intimate memoir from a life forever altered

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Everyone knows that war has consequences, but most people will never be aware of the most poignant and painful consequences that affected the World War II generation.

As Nazi Germany’s air raids became part of daily life in England during World War II, families were faced with an impossibly daunting decision: keep their children at home in the cities, or send them away to the countryside, out of harm’s way but living with total strangers. Sadly, the second option was often deemed appropriate – and its consequences would not be fully known until decades later.

Inspired by the true-life events that changed his family forever, debut author Ronnie Carroll brings readers Luck of the Irish, an intensely dramatic and intimate portrait of a family ripped apart by World War II and the government policies designed to protect children living in London.

“Everyone knows that war has consequences, and many people think they know what those are”, says Carroll. “But most people will never be aware of the most poignant and painful consequences that affected the World War II generation.”

Motivated by the desire to preserve the memory of his siblings and all the other children evacuees during World War II, Luck of the Irish takes readers through the UK government’s misguided decisions that altered the course of their family life during the War and the lasting effects of those policies as their lives unfolded.

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Luck of the Irish
By Ronnie Carroll
ISBN: 978-1-4771-2353-9

About the author
Ronnie Carroll was born in Sligo in the west of Ireland. His family migrated to England in 1939, where they were plunged into World War II. Ronnie moved among three evacuee homes as a young boy until 1945. After the war, he was accepted as a chorister at Westminster Cathedral, an experience that changed the course of his life.

Having seen poverty close up in Ireland, he was determined to not let it happen to him. Though lacking an education, he climbed up the ranks in business via sales and marketing before starting his own company and running it for 15 years before being bought out. Carroll and his wife, Jennifer, raised two boys and two girls before Jennifer sadly died of cancer.

He now lives in Mornington, near Melbourne, Australia.

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