Reference HLG 900/16
Title Government Evacuation Scheme. Billeting Arrangements. Hostel accommodation
Government Department Ministry of Health
Themes Evacuation;
Subthemes Reception and billeting, Evacuation scheme
Document Types Official Correspondence, Advertisements, Pamphlets, and Posters, Statistical Data
Civil Defence Regions Nationwide
Locations Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Buckinghamshire, Chelmsford, Chorleywood, Clitheroe, Clydebank, Colchester, Coventry, Dartmoor, Exeter, Filey, Gloucester, Herefordshire, Hertfordshire, Kingston upon Hull, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Market Rasen, Martley, Merseyside, Northwich, Nottingham, Paddington, Paignton, Poplar, Portsmouth, Southampton, St. Pancras, Stepney, Swadlincote, Tenbury, Torquay, Tyneside, United States of America, Wadebridge, Wellington, West Ham, Worcestershire
Organisations British War Relief Society, County Councils, Friends Ambulance Unit, Local Education Authorities, National Council of Social Service, Red Cross, Rural District Councils, Women's Voluntary Service
Article(s) from News Chronicle © Associated Newspapers/Solo Syndication.


A file of documents relating to billeting arrangements in hostel accommodation by the Friends' War Relief Service. Subjects discussed in the file include the recruitment for hostel wardens; the involvement of evacuees in hop-picking; emergency provisions for air-raid shelters; and financial issues, including the maintenance of evacuees, staff pay, and the lack of funding from the United States. Other subjects covered include the unification of voluntary organisations; the issue of the suitability of the hostels for long-term habitation; repair and renovation work for hostels; emergency hostel staff; the difficulties of transporting old-aged infirm evacuees to hostels; and the evacuation of the docklands area in London due to air raids. Documents in the file include tables of data itemising the evacuation centres, including classes of evacuees, the names of wardens, the numbers of evacuees, and the addresses of the hostels; and statistical data detailing the running costs of the hostels.


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