Reference HO 192/1214
Title Post-raid relief
Former Department Reference RE/B38 26/35
Government Department Ministry of Home Security
Themes Bombing and Attacks on the Population
Subthemes Casualties and injuries, Damage to property, Disruption to services, Reconstruction and salvage
Document Types Reports and Surveys, Meeting Minutes, Memoranda
Civil Defence Regions Region 9: Midlands (Birmingham HQ)
Locations Birmingham, Oldbury, Smethwick, West Bromwich
Organisations Air Raid Precautions, Auxiliary Fire Service, City Councils, Local Education Authorities


A file of documents relating to post-raid relief in Birmingham. Subjects discussed in the file include meal and milk provisions for schoolchildren; provisions for the homeless, including billeting and financial compensation; air-raid shelter provisions; publicity for A.R.P. arrangements and post-raid information; the distribution of clothing; meal provisions, including canteens, emergency feeding, and British Restaurants; retail food provisions, including the distribution of supplies and cold store provisions; and the supply of non-food commodities to retailers. Other subjects covered include casualty services, including first aid, ambulances, and hospitals; arrangements for the disposal of the dead, including mortuaries, burials, and the identification of bodies; the demolition of dangerous buildings and the clearance of debris; the restoration of services including transportation and public utilities; repair to houses and factories; the manpower and material supplies needed for post-raid construction work; communication provisions, including telecommunications and roads; and the salvage of furniture and other domestic effects.


accommodation, administration, air raids, air-raid precautions, air-raid shelters, air-raid wardens, air-raid warnings, alcohol, alcoholic spirits, ambulances, amenities, bacon, bedding, bomb damage, British Restaurants, burials, buses, butter, canals, chemicals, children, civil defence, civilian casualties, clothing, coal, committee members, communal feeding, communications, compensation, confectionary, construction, construction materials, coupons, dairy, demolition, depots, distribution, domestic equipment, electricity, emergency procedures, factories, family, finance, fire services, first aid, food preparation, food shortages, food supplies, fuel, furnishings, gas, healthcare, homelessness, hospitals, hostels, housing, industry, infrastructure, intelligence, Labour Party, labour supply, local authorities, material supplies, meals, meat, migration, milk, mortuaries, motor vehicles, police, pork, public health, public opinion, public transport, publicity, railways, ration books, rationing, refrigeration, repair, requisitioning, rescue, reserve stocks, rest centres, retail, roads, salvage, school meals, schools, statistics, telecommunications, telephonic communications, tobacco, trams, transportation, voluntary organisations, volunteers, water supply, welfare, wholesale

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