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CLIP 6980

Host families for evacuees (audio)

Host families for evacuees (audio)

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  • Host families for evacuees (audio)
  • The families who received evacuees were called 'host families'. When evacuees arrived in the reception areas in the countryside they would be taken to a public place, often a village hall. Here they would be the responsibility of a billeting officer who would line them up, ready for selection by the host families. Strong, healthy-looking boys were often chosen first so that they could help with work. Host families were often reluctant to accept mixed groups of boys and girls, which was a problem for brothers and sisters who did not wish to be parted. Those who insisted on remaining together were often the last to be chosen. Evacuation meant upheaval and disruption for host families just as it did for evacuees. But many life-long friendships were forged between evacuees and the children they met in their new homes. The boy speaking here was interviewed by Olive Shapley of the BBC in September 1939. Please note this is an audio clip and only available with the Flash player.
  • Subject:



    Second World War

  • Keywords: evacuees, evacuation, host families, World War Two, Second World War, WW II, host families, manchester, school radio
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  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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