Reference HLG 7/81
Title Evacuation: Regional Officers' Reports. Region 8: Wales
Former Department Reference 99043/8/16/2
Government Department Ministry of Health
Themes Evacuation
Subthemes Reception and billeting, Evacuation scheme, Social identities and divisions
Document Types Official Correspondence, Reports and Surveys, Statistical Data
Civil Defence Regions Region 8: Wales (Cardiff HQ)
Locations Abergavenny, Aberystwyth, Anglesey, Barmouth, Birkenhead, Birmingham, Breconshire, Caernarvon, Caernarvonshire, Cardiganshire, Colwyn Bay, Connah's Quay, Criccieth, Gileston, Glamorgan, Lampeter, London, Merionethshire, Merseyside, Pontypool, Portmadoc, Radnorshire, Rhoose, Ruthin
Organisations Women's Voluntary Service


A file containing documents of senior evacuation officers relating to evacuation to Wales from areas such as Merseyside, Birmingham, and London. Documents in the file include correspondence between local and central authorities; reports on the evacuation scheme; and an extract from The Manchester Guardian on the preservation of Welsh culture in the face of a mass influx of people. Topics covered include the problems for tourism resorts in accommodating evacuees during the holiday season; updates on both the preparations for and the progress of the evacuation scheme; and reports from the Welsh County Conferences on evacuation. Other topics covered include issues with the integration of evacuees and locals, mostly resulting from cultural, social, and religious differences; shortages in the provision of clothing and bedding for evacuees; requirements for the evacuation of school children, expectant mothers, the elderly, and those with disabilities; and the breakdown of communications between local authorities on evacuation arrangements.


accommodation, air-raid precautions, bedding, billeting, camps, children, clothing, colleges, culture, disability, disease, drunkenness, economic depression, education, evacuable areas, evacuation, evacuees, family, food supplies, healthcare, holidays, housing, industry, infrastructure, local authorities, Manchester Guardian, maternity, meals, metals, mothers, neutral areas, newspapers, old age, parents, railway stations, railways, reception areas, recreation, refugees, religion, requisitioning, rural areas, schools, steel, tin, trade unions, transportation, tribunals, universities, vermin, volunteers

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