London at War - 1939 Evacuees Evacuees the measures being taken in London to prepare for World War II. September 1939 – The evacuations of civilians in Britain during World War II, at the outset of World War II, London and major British cities were evacuated with 1.5 million displacements in the first three days of the official evacuation. The final number of evacuees reached a total of 3.75 million.
A woman bids farewell at Paddington Station in 1942 as her child is evacuated during the Blitz - lovely series of photographs taken by Bert Hardy, WW11 photographer
“During the Second World War, Balham was one of many deep tube stations designated for use as a civilian air raid shelter. On 14 October 1940, a bomb fell on the road above the platform tunnels, causing a large craterA No 88 bus travelling in black-out conditions then fell into the crater. At least 66 people in the station were killed.”