Reference ED 138/53
Title Winding-up of Government Evacuation Scheme
Government Department Board of Education
Themes Evacuation
Subthemes Evacuation scheme, Reception and billeting
Document Types Reports and Surveys, Official Correspondence, Miscellaneous
Civil Defence Regions Region 5: London, Region 12: South Eastern (Tunbridge Wells HQ), Region 6: Southern (Reading HQ)
Organisations Royal Air Force, Women's Voluntary Service


A file containing a variety of documents including official correspondence and drafts of regulations, forms, and notices, regarding the ending of the government's evacuation programme. Topics covered include which locations are safe to return to, and which are still at threat from enemy shelling over the English Channel; advice for parents on the resettlement of their children into family life, and what they should expect; and the practicalities of the return of evacuees. Details that are covered by the documents include lists of evacuation areas; how the railway system will accommodate the large-scale movement of children; health checks for evacuees; the processes for dealing with unaccompanied children; and the role of the Women's Voluntary Service in the scheme.


bedding, billeting, bomb damage, children, civil defence, civilian casualties, clothing, conscription, construction materials, disability, domestic equipment, education, employment, evacuable areas, evacuation, evacuees, family, gas masks, healthcare, housing, identity cards, infrastructure, labour shortages, local authorities, maternity, meals, mothers, nutrition, old age, parents, railways, ration books, rationing, reconstruction, resettlement, roads, schools, standard of living, transportation

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