She had wanted to find out how chickens laid eggs and had sat waiting for one to come into the hen house so she could see for herself how it actually happened.
While they were in Folkestone Jane’s father, who was 32 years old, joined the army. Jane’s father was posted to France in 1940, at which point the rest of the family – Jane, her mother, and younger sister Judith – moved to her grandmother’s home in the beach resort of Bournemouth.
It had three other members: her sister Judy and two of their friends.
Jane organized club events and wrote a club magazine.
Moving Around Her family moved house several times while Jane was young.
In 1935, when she was a year old, the family moved out of London to the town of Weybridge.
She yearned to be at one with nature and with animals, but there was no place in school for these longings.
In May 1939 the family moved again, this time to the seaside town of Le Touquet in northern France.The family fled from France just before the war started, moving into Jane’s paternal grandparents’ large home in the English coastal town of Folkestone.A Happy Childhood and a Love of Nature No matter where she happened to be living, Jane’s childhood was happy.School, Books, and a Longing for Africa – all involved people who were spectacularly close to animals and could communicate with them.She began to dream that one day she might be able to study animals in Africa.