Reference HLG 900/5
Title Government Evacuation Scheme. Evacuation Arrangements. Evacuation to Eire
Government Department Ministry of Health
Themes Evacuation
Subthemes Evacuation scheme, Reception and billeting, Dislocated populations, Unofficial evacuations
Document Types Official Correspondence, Statistical Data, Letters and Statements from the Public
Civil Defence Regions Region 6: Southern (Reading HQ), Region 11: Scotland (Edinburgh HQ)
Locations Aldershot, Andover, Bournemouth, Cornwall, Dublin, Eire, Falmouth, Fareham, Glasgow, Havant, Reading, Southampton
Organisations County Councils, Merchant Navy, National Fire Service, Royal Engineers


A file of government correspondence, letters from the public, and statistical data relating to the British government's plans for evacuees from Southampton to be billeted in Ireland. Subjects covered in the file include requests by parents to officialise the private evacuation of their children to Ireland; applications for billeting allowances in Ireland; applications for the re-billeting of Scottish evacuees in Southampton; and the rejection of billeting applications due to shortages in Ireland. Other subjects covered include complaints from evacuees and householders about housing conditions and damage to property; applications from evacuees for Irish visas, including those who wish to join their family members with Irish citizenship; and complaints from evacuees unable to receive allowances or visas for accommodation in Ireland, including a woman who visited Ireland illegally. Documents in the file include correspondence detailing the personal details, including names, ages, and addresses of those applying for evacuation to Ireland.


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