Reference HLG 900/37
Title Government Evacuation Scheme. Children. Children's homes
Government Department Ministry of Health
Themes Evacuation, Preparations for War and Peace
Subthemes Reception and billeting, Foreign nationals and newcomers, Dislocated populations
Document Types Official Correspondence
Civil Defence Regions Region 12: South Eastern (Tunbridge Wells HQ)
Locations Barnstaple, Broadstairs, Devon, Farnham, Kent, Mortehoe, Skipton, St. Peter's, Staffordshire, Tamworth, Taunton
Organisations Church of England, Royal Air Force, Rural District Councils, Waifs and Strays Society


A file of government correspondence relating to the arrangements for the billeting of orphans from St. Peter's School, Broadstairs, Kent in Mortehoe, North Devon. Subjects covered in the file include the transport of orphans to Mortehoe to reunify the school party, which was criticised by the local authorities at Tamworth, Staffordshire, and the householders who wanted to adopt them; and the cost of transporting furniture to Mortehoe. Other subjects discussed include the temporary accommodation of the orphans in a convalescent home in Farnham; the requisitioning of the Broadstairs property by the R.A.F.; the claims incurred by the Waifs and Strays Society after the war due to the dilapidation of the properties at Mortehoe; the issue of incomplete records of travel expenses; and the settling of rental payments for the houses at Mortehoe by the government. Documents in the file include breakdowns of the finances relating to travel and rental costs.


accommodation, adoption, allowances, amenities, billeting, bomb damage, buses, charity, children, coastal areas, compensation, domestic equipment, evacuable areas, evacuation, evacuees, family, finance, foster parents, furnishings, hotels, householders, housing, infants, infrastructure, local authorities, meals, motor vehicles, orphans, public health, public transport, railways, reception areas, rental properties, requisitioning, rural areas, sanitation, schools, sewerage, standard of living, teachers, transportation, water supply, welfare

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