Reference ED 136/126
Title Overseas evacuation. Future of the children's Overseas Reception Scheme. Evacuation of children to U.S.A. and Canada
Former Department Reference 2107(11)
Government Department Board of Education
Themes Evacuation
Subthemes Reception and billeting, Evacuation scheme, Social identities and divisions
Document Types Reports and Surveys, Memoranda, Letters and Statements from the Public
Civil Defence Regions Nationwide
Locations Australia, Canada, Eire, New York, New Zealand, South Africa, United States of America
Organisations Children's Overseas Reception Board, Inter-departmental Committee on the Reception of Children Overseas, Local Education Authorities, Overseas Travel Committee
Notes The following article(s) have been removed from this file due to copyright restrictions: The Times, 06 July 1940, Sending Children Overseas.


A file of documents relating to the overseas evacuation of schoolchildren. Subjects covered in the file include an outline of the evacuation scheme to Anglophone territories, including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United States. The outline covers the scope of the scheme, including the classes eligible for evacuation; nominations by family friends and relatives of evacuees; provisions for evacuees; and the selection of children to be evacuated. Other subjects discussed include the procedures for evacuation to the United States; offers from the United States including a camp-school in New York for Welsh schoolchildren; the evacuation of entire schools to Canada; the issue of preparatory schoolboys being evacuated overseas without notice; the evacuation of wives and children of men stationed in the Dominions; and the postponement of the scheme due to issues with naval transport, including shortages and air raids, and the perception that well-to-do children were being favoured for overseas evacuation.


accommodation, administration, air raids, Belgian nationals, billeting, British Dominions, British Empire, British nationals abroad, camps, children, civil service, clothing, Czechoslovak nationals, doctors, Dutch nationals, emigration, evacuable areas, evacuation, evacuees, family, finance, foster parents, French nationals, government committees, grants, healthcare, hostels, householders, housing, infants, Jews, local authorities, mothers, newspapers, Norwegian nationals, nurses, orphans, overseas evacuation, overseas travel, parents, passenger shipping, Polish nationals, poverty, private education, radio broadcasts, reception areas, refugees, religion, school-leaving age, schools, shipping shortages, social class, state education, students, teachers, transportation, unaccompanied evacuees, universities, voluntary organisations, volunteers, Welsh nationals, widowhood, wives

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