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The evacuation of children: feet inspection.

The evacuation of children: feet inspection.
The evacuation of children: feet inspection.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: H3098
Description: The 'Daily Mirror' of 2 September 1939 described the evacuations thus: 'The children, smiling and cheerful, left their parents and entrained for unknown destinations in the spirit of going on a great adventure. "I wish all our passengers were as easy to manage" a railway official said. "The children were very well behaved."....[The] earliest school to start evacuation was Myrdle Street School, Commercial Road, E. Two hundred children, aged from three to 13, assembled before dawn. Each child carried a gas mask, food and change of clothing and bore three labels. "Don't suck or eat your labels," the head teacher, Miss D L Herbert, told them while they were waiting to be taken away - they did not know where they were going, except "to the country for a holiday". As dawn was breaking the children marched to Aldgate Metropolitan Station, where they entrained.'
Creator: Unknown
Date: 3rd Dec 1940
Credit line: Magpie Resource Library collection.
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