Mrs. Mary Couchman, a 24-year-old warden of a small Kentish Village, shields three little children, among them her son, as bombs fall during an air attack on October 18, 1940. The three children were playing in the street when the siren suddenly sounded. Bombs began to fall as she ran to them and gathered the three in her arms, protecting them with her body. Complimented on her bravery, she said, "Oh, it was nothing. Someone had to look after the children."
29th April, 1941, London: Finsbury children are helping in the war by collecting salvage, the ones who collect the most will be presented with a special badge issued by the council.' (Photo by Planet News Archive/SSPL/Getty Images)
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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.
“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.”