Defending the East End
The leaving of London
They were sent to Kent, Surrey, Sussex and Devon in one of the greatest social upheavals of modern times.
Children from the East End, with no experience of country life, found themselves living with host families who had even less idea of the ways of the urban slums.
Hosts and ... guests?
Many of the hosts complained about having to accommodate dirty and malnourished children from places like Deptford and Bermondsey.
However, several of the evacuations were successful. This picture shows evacuees from Bermondsey enjoying a tea party given by their hosts in Worthing in January 1940.
Return to London
There was a second evacuation in the summer of 1940 when people expected a German invasion. And once the bombing started in September, a continuous stream of people left the capital.
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