Reference HLG 7/77
Title Evacuation: Regional Officers' Reports. Region 4: Eastern
Former Department Reference 99043/4/16/2A
Government Department Ministry of Health
Themes Evacuation
Subthemes Reception and billeting, Evacuation scheme, Transport and travel, Unofficial evacuations
Document Types Official Correspondence, Reports and Surveys, Statistical Data
Civil Defence Regions Region 4: Eastern (Cambridge HQ)
Locations Bedford, Bedfordshire, Benfleet, Billericay, Birmingham, Braughing, Bromsgrove, Burton-on-Trent, Bury St. Edmunds, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, Canterbury, Cardiff, Chelmsford, Clare, Colchester, Dunstable, East Suffolk, Ely, Epping, Essex, Felixstowe, Gipping, Gorleston-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth, Hatfield, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, Hitchin, Huntingdon, Huntingdonshire, Ipswich, Kempston, Kettering, King's Lynn, Leicester, Leiston, Llandudno, London, Loughborough, Lowestoft, Luton, Martlesham, Norfolk, Norwich, Old Fletton, Peterborough, Rayleigh, Rhondda, Saffron Walden, Samford, Sawbridgeworth, Southend-on-Sea, Stoke-on-Trent, Surrey, Thetford, Tilbury, Wakefield, Welwyn Garden City, West Ham, West Suffolk, Whittlesey, Wickford, Witton, Wivenhoe
Organisations Emergency Medical Service, Royal Air Force, Women's Institute, Women's Voluntary Service


A file containing the documents of senior evacuation officers relating to the evacuation scheme in the Eastern Civil Defence Region. Documents in the file include reports on the progress of the evacuations; evacuation statistics; and official correspondence on particular issues. Topics covered include a discussion on which towns should be deemed evacuation areas; the provision of healthcare, hospitals, and hospital beds for evacuees; and transportation arrangements for evacuees by road, rail, and boat. Other topics discussed include special requirements for the transportation of bedridden evacuees; the use of petrol coupons for private evacuation journeys; the strain placed on billeting arrangements by refugees from London who were not part of the official evacuation scheme; the provision of communal meals for husbands whose wives were evacuated with their children; and applications for emergency food cards.


accommodation, air raids, bedding, billeting, bomb damage, buses, children, civil service, coupons, disability, evacuable areas, evacuation, evacuees, family, fuel, healthcare, homelessness, hospitals, hostels, housing, infrastructure, local authorities, maternity, meals, mothers, motor vehicles, neutral areas, parents, petrol, ports, private evacuation, public morale, public transport, railway stations, railways, rationing, reception areas, refugees, requisitioning, roads, statistics, teachers, transportation, volunteers, wives

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