Evacuees on a train out of London, September 1939.  All photographs like this were vetted by the government before they were released.

Evacuees on a train out of London, September 1939. All photographs like this were vetted by the government before they were released.

Mothers and child evacuees at Victoria Station, 2nd Sept 1939. Although there were many “atrocity” stories in the press about Evacuation, there were also heart-warming ones like that sent by Mrs E A Hemming of Hockley, Birmingham to “Picture Post”: My son, just 6 years old, has been evacuated to Monmouth, South Wales. I went to see him on Sunday, and I can’t really express my gratitude and how much I appreciate the kindness shown to him and myself in the wonderful way in which we were…

Second World War: evacuating London

Mothers and child evacuees at Victoria Station, 2nd Sept 1939. Although there were many “atrocity” stories in the press about Evacuation, there were also heart-warming ones like that sent by Mrs E A Hemming of Hockley, Birmingham to “Picture Post”: My son, just 6 years old, has been evacuated to Monmouth, South Wales. I went to see him on Sunday, and I can’t really express my gratitude and how much I appreciate the kindness shown to him and myself in the wonderful way in which we were…

"Leave Hitler to me Sonny - You ought to be out of London" ~ WWII British poster, 1940

"Leave Hitler to me Sonny - You ought to be out of London" ~ WWII British poster, 1940

Nazis Invade Poland. Britain At War This Weekend. Evacuees from London

Nazis Invade Poland. Britain At War This Weekend. Evacuees from London

Young boys who were dug out from the rubble of their destroyed homes the morning after a Luftwaffe bombing; Coventry, England - 15 November 1940  Photo by George Rodger

Young boys who were dug out from the rubble of their destroyed homes the morning after a Luftwaffe bombing; Coventry, England - 15 November 1940 Photo by George Rodger

Bristol at War - evacuees. with a doll

Bristol at War - evacuees. with a doll

A policeman makes sure young evacuees are on the correct train out of London for evacuation, 1940. (Press Association)

A policeman makes sure young evacuees are on the correct train out of London for evacuation, 1940. (Press Association)

Liverpool Lime Street Station: The children of Liverpool prepare to become evacuees during WWII.

Liverpool Lime Street Station: The children of Liverpool prepare to become evacuees during WWII.

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