Reference HO 205/233
Title Bethnal Green tube shelter disaster: Dunne Report
Former Department Reference O and O GEN 275/6
Government Department Ministry of Home Security
Themes Military Activity and Home Defence
Subthemes Air Raid Precautions and Civil Defence, Casualties and injuries, Air raid shelters
Document Types Reports and Surveys, Maps, Charts, and Diagrams, Photographs
Civil Defence Regions Region 5: London
Locations Berlin, Bethnal Green
Organisations Borough Councils


A file of documents relating to a report on the inquiry into the Bethnal Green tube shelter disaster. Subjects discussed in the file include criticism of the shelter's construction, including the entrance surroundings and the staircase; background information on the Bethnal Green area, including its demographics; a synopsis of the disaster; and the behaviour of the public, including their fear of reprisal after the bombing of Berlin, their rush to the shelter following the sounding of the alarm, and their supposed loss of self-control. Other subjects discussed include allegations of agitation by certain elements; the number of casualties; the public's ignorance of anti-aircraft defences; the lack of police and wardens due to the call-up; the recommendations for the construction work needed for the shelter; and the number and response times of the dispatched ambulances. Documents in the file include diagrams of the shelter; and photographs of the shelter's staircase.


accommodation, administration, air raids, air-raid precautions, air-raid shelter conditions, air-raid shelters, air-raid wardens, air-raid warnings, ambulances, bedding, children, civilian casualties, communications, conscription, construction, construction materials, crime, death rate, demographics, disability, doctors, employment, evacuation, family, Fascism, finance, government committees, healthcare, hospitals, housing, infrastructure, Jews, lighting, local authorities, London Underground, motor vehicles, nurses, old age, overcrowding, parents, photography, police, population decline, prices, public health, railway stations, rescue, social class, statistics, telephonic communications, timber, volunteers

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