Towards the end of the first world war London suffered it's first ever air raids. The dammage caused at that time convinced the govenment that our larger towns would be a major target for bombing raids should there be another war . The risk to the lives of ordinary people would be great.

In 1924 a committee was set up to work out how people who did not need to stay in the cities could be moved to a safer place, and on September 1st. 1939 the plan was put into operation.

Evacuee children taking a break.
This evacuation involved the movement of 4 million people (mostly children) in three days. Many were sent by train to locations in the countryside.

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How the evacuation was organised.

How Bradwell coped with the evacuees.