When the war started, in 1939, the government had a problem on their minds; they were worried about the children. The main cities such as Liverpool and London weren't a child friendly habitat, due to the bombs dropping, so they were evacuated to other cities and the countryside. Many children were evacuated to Cornwall, Scotland and Devon, those places were the safest.
There was bombs dropping everywhere

City and Countryside Life

World war two was a difficult time for children. Most children would pack a suitcase full of items such as clothes, a toy, a family photo, a handkercheif and maybe some food. Then at school they would take a register then walk down to the train station, once every child was on the train the train would slowly start moving and the children would be off to the countryside. Some children and their parents arranged private evacuation, this meant that parents would take their children to a family member for a few months. Other children weren't so fortunate and had to be taken in by strangers.

Host Families

Host families were strangers who were willing to take in a child to care for and look after. Children couldn't just be taken in by anyone, billeting officers decided if different host families were appropriate for different evacuees. Although host families seemed nice, some were nasty and leathal. These people used their evacuee as a servant! They didn't give their child a bed to sleep on or food to eat. Even though children didn't like their new life they had no choice but to stay where they were.
Very famous poster

Evacuation Posters

Although places like London were a dangerous place to be some children had to stay there. This is because some families refused to separate with their children; something had to be done so the government ordered evacuation posters to encourage them. Lots of posters were designed and gradually they became very popular. The posters were found in shop windows, lampposts and found on street walls. A famous evacuation poster said in a big bold style 'You leave this to us sonny' and 'You ought to be out of London'. The evacuation posters worked and half a million children were evacuated all together during the war. This was half of the amount the government wanted but they were still pleased.

The Blitz

The Blitz started in 1940, it ended in 1941, it was a horrible time. When the Blitz started children had to return to the countryside, although they had just travelled home. When children discovered they had to leave home again, parents refused to let them go. The Blitz was a time when people lived like there was no such thing as light. In order to stop the Germans seeing where they were dropping bombs all lights had to be dimmed or completely turned off! For children who lived in the Blitz, it wasn't a fun time at all and some children wished their parents had let them evacuate.
When the war ended, in 1945, children were relieved to be able to return after a long struggle and months of being homesick.
Young Evacuees

Here is the Woodlands Evacuation site for more information if this isn't enough
Billeting officer
Billeting officer

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