Reference HLG 7/78
Title Evacuation: Regional Officers' Reports. Region 4: Eastern
Former Department Reference 99043/4/16/2B
Government Department Ministry of Health
Themes Evacuation
Subthemes Dislocated populations, Evacuation scheme, Agriculture and food supply
Document Types Reports and Surveys, Statistical Data, Official Correspondence
Civil Defence Regions Region 4: Eastern (Cambridge HQ)
Locations Bedfordshire, Berkhamsted, Biggleswade, Billericay, Cambridge, Canada, Epping, Essex, Grays, Hertfordshire, Ipswich, Laindon, London, Norwich, Sandy, Thurrock, Tilbury, United States of America, Watford, Wickford
Organisations National Fire Service


A file containing documents of senior evacuation officers relating to the evacuation of refugees from London to the Eastern Civil Defence Region, located in the east of England and centred on Cambridge. The majority of the documents are statistical reports detailing the migration into and out of the region, created by local authorities and often based on the issuing of ration books. Other documents in the file include a variety of correspondence that deals with local issues relating to the evacuation scheme. Topics covered by these letters include a surplus of dried milk powder in nurseries; the reintroduction of evacuation after a renewed enemy bombing campaign on London; the priority given to expectant mothers during the evacuation procedure; a request from local authorities for advance warning of further evacuees; and details of the assistance given by fire services.


air raids, billeting, bomb damage, childcare, children, dairy, demographics, disability, evacuation, evacuees, family, fire services, haulage, healthcare, homelessness, identity cards, local authorities, maternity, migration, milk, mothers, neutral areas, parents, police, priority classes, ration books, rationing, reception areas, refugees, schools, surplus, teachers, transportation, tribunals

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