Before the war even began, the government
evacuated the children and pregnant women from London to the
Because they thought that
if people saw them dying in bombing raids
public morale would collapse and people would
want to give up fighting the war.
Hosting an evacuee was
a terrible task.
Equally, however, many evacuees ended up in
abusive or dirty homes. Most of them were terribly homesick.
(On the other hand, some evacuees MUCH PREFERRED their new homes to their
children went back home during the Phoney War. In the end,
people's morale kept up better by having their children there with them.
1-3 Sep 1939: more than 800,000 children were evacuated.
2. Teachers evacuated
with their pupils.
with evacuee children included: swearing, peeing on the walls and
wetting the bed. Many were
filthy and naughty, and had never eaten food from a table or slept in a
remind yourself of the story of Goodnight Mr Tom – you can use its
details as 'for example, some...' facts in your essay.