Primary History KS2: WW2 Clips. A news report on the Evacuation

BBC news reports on the evacuation of children on 1 September 1939

News report on the Evacuation

In the first four days of September 1939 nearly 3,000,000 people were evacuated from Britain's towns and cities and moved to safer places in the countryside. The vast majority of these were schoolchildren, but they were accompanied by 100,000 teachers and sometimes a parent.

In scenes repeated all over the country, children marched as a school to the train station wearing identity labels and carrying their gas-masks and a few personal possessions. For most it was the start of a long day that would eventually conclude with their selection by a 'host family' in the 'reception area' - their new homes.

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