Our research so far into Children’s lives in Birmingham during the First World War has revealed very little about those who were the children of German internees. But this small article in Picture World in December 1914 may provide some starting points for further research in the records of the Board of Guardians, the Society of Friends and Church League for Women’s Suffrage.
Brief though the article is it tells us that most of the children are the progeny of German fathers and English mothers and the internment of the men had left the families in very poor financial circumstances. They were thus dependent on poor law and charitable support. The Church League for Women’s Suffrage determined to ensure that the children would receive at least a new garment, a present and a Christmas card.
Words: Liz Palmer. Image found by Marian Hall.