During World War 2, many children were moved from areas that were at risk from bombing. The children had to leave their families and go to live with strangers in less dangerous parts of the country.
This was called "evacuation". Foster parents usually took their children.
However, many discovered that life away from home was no picnic. Some thought it would be fun and exciting, like an adventure. All the younger boys thought it was a holiday, but not sure why the women and girls were crying.
The first school children were evacuated on the 1st September, 1939 - the day Germany invaded Poland.
In the first three days of September 1939, nearly 3,000,000 people were transported to ...view middle of the document...
Kids were in good moods....... That was before they left.
Children were transported by trains. These trains were more often than not dirty. The children were all packed together. Most of the kids weren't used to long distances and by the time they got out they were hot, bothered, tired and dirty.
After they had arrived they were promptly sent to village or church hall.
The village or town, officers lined the children up against a wall or on a stage in the village hall, and invited people in to take their pick.
This is where the phrase "I'll take that one" became stuck in the memory of the evacuees. This seriously effected them.
Steve Davis, a clinical psychologist specialising in the study of war trauma, says this was the first of many moments that caused upset and humiliation for the evacuees. No-one wanted to be picked last. These were usually the poorer scruffy children left over.
The people who experienced evacuation remember it by the painful memories the trauma of separation, isolation, the tensions of fear and anger and images are of busy train stations, shouting officials and sobbing mothers. Most were unaware of where they were going, what they would be doing and all were not sure of when they would be coming back.
Some even remember catching fever's and colds!
Grown-ups thought evacuation was a shamble. This was because hundreds of children arrived in the wrong area, with little or no rations. And the fact that there were not enough homes to put them. "It was soon obvious that we just didn't have the bed space."
The Government was all for evacuation. It did this in many ways. Three of these were by: posters and advertisements to convince parents to send their children to a better place and exaggeration on the amount of carnage to caused in the future.
The government thought that there was enough housing to pack the children in..... yet they were wrong. They thought that everything was well planned, but people were making arrangements behind...