Evacuees

A Question to ask you first:

"What would you think if you had to leave your mum and dad, at a few days notice and go and live with somebody you had never met in a place you had never been to?"

That's what happened to many children who became evacuees.

Children from the large industrial cities were sent away to live with families in smaller towns and villages. They were sent away because the cities were bombed and parents wanted to protect their children. They traveled by train and bus to their new homes. They could only take a few items of clothes and toys with them. They had to carry then in their own suitcase. Each child had a label attached to them with their address and name.

Many had a great time, but many were very unhappy. Some children stayed with these new foster parents for the period of the war, but many parents brought their children home because they missed them so much.