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.
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