October 5th, 1938.
REFORT ON ACTIVITIES DURING THE CRISIS.
1. All homes were circularised instructing them to get in touch with their local Air Raid Wardens, and most of them replied that they had already done so and that gas masks had been issued to the children.
2. Certain homes stated that they would have to be evacuated in the event of war. These were:
Of these, evacuations were carried out only in the case of the last two. The Woolwich children went to Bray Court, and returned to Woolwich on October 3rd, and the Wickham Market children were distributed between Worthing, Keighley, Brampton and private families. They have now all returned to Wickham Market. Full plans for the evacuation of the other centres were prepared but were happily unnecessary.
3. The following homes were prepared to take additional children if evacuation from other homes had been necessary :
Faringdon (8, plus their own boys in London)
Leicester ( Evington ) (6)
Plymouth (10); (would need payment and additional staff).
Birkenhead (20-25, possibly more)
4. The following homes (other than those which might have had to be evacuated) stated they were unable to take additional children:
In order to comply with the Data Protection Act 1998, some names within this file have been redacted. While we have made every effort to comply with the Act, there may be other named individuals within this file who are still living. We will remove any names immediately we are made aware that this is the case or if any offence is caused to living relatives.