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WW2 at Lotherton Hall


From the outbreak of the war in 1939 the British Goverment feared the bombing of town and big cities. Evacuating children was one of the first big decisions of the war.


Children were taken to railway stations. They travelled with only a suitcase, or a bag containing clothes, food, a box containing a gas mask and an identification label that had their name, school and station departure. For many children this was the first time they had been separated from their parents.


When the children arrived at their destinations they were collected by new families. A payment was given to those families which took in evacuees.


By 1940 more than one and a half million children, pregnant women and other vunerable people had been evacuated to safe areas of the country.   

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