When the war started in 1939, the government realized that they had to move all the children to the countryside so they would not live in extremely dangerous places. The BLITZ all started in 1940 but all the children were gone by then all the children were evacuated. Children were happy because they were leaving but was still sad that they were leaving their parents and that they had to live with a different family.

Bags and Baggage

Each child had to take two bags of underwear, spare socks and shoes, pyjamas, a warm coat, toothpaste and a comb. Children had to take a gas mask because the Germans would drop a bomb full of poison. Gas masks were heavy and made from steel. Children had to wear tags for when they were
leaving home to inform who they are.


The government arranged buses, cars, trains and boats so they could be evacuated . The government wanted to move all the children to the countryside but the family's could decide if they want their children to leave. Baby's were not allowed on board . On a sheet of newspaper was the headline NAZI TORPEDO MERCY SHIP KILLED CHILDREN EVACUAEES. Even though this happened, children still went on boats!
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Did you know? this baby
elephant Shila was evacuaed!

New Families
Children were normally sent to big posh houses and some did not have a good experience. Both of my grandad's were evacuated , one of my grandad's begged on his brother if he could live with him because my grandad's foster parents were nasty to him. My dads mum (my nan) was evacuated too. Foster parents were shocked that children had nits.
Did you know? That some families would only take some disabled people!

Schools in war time

If boys did not have short hair they would be threatened by the cane. Many young teachers moved to the armed forces and other war jobs . Over 47,000 country mansions had be turned into schools! After evacuation, many inner-city schools were used as emergency canteens or centres for the homeless. Later, a large number of city schools were destroyed by enemy bombs. A nursery teacher working with young children evacuees from London
moved to a country house in Hertfordshire, remembered that she could not even see the cots because of the Blackout.

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