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Britain in the Second World War: The evacuation of British children.

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History Cwk Britain in the Second World War: The evacuation of British children Question Two There were many different reactions of people in Britain to the policy of evacuating children depending on who you were, a parent, child or foster family. Parents were hesitant to let their children go, they did not want their love ones to go live with random strangers, let alone leave their side. They asked a lot of questions but deep down they knew and accepted their children would be much safer away in rural areas because the attacks were expected to be aimed at the city. They did not want to leave their children and the children did not want to leave them. Children had very mixed experiences from wanting to stay there longer too returning home and banishing the memories of ever going there. Some were lucky they had loving foster families while others had foster families who acted as if the children were a burden to them. ...read more.


Some of the children were forced to do work long, exhausting hours, which they could barely do. Some children were beaten and had awful experiences 'She could never tell who'd done it so she used to bash the daylights out of both of us.' And 'we started to get locked in the cupboard.' Michael Caine. A number of children felt homesick, did not like change to their normal lives in the city and missed their parents. They had been forced into an unfamiliar environment where they didn't know anyone. Some were even split from their siblings, which made the children unhappy. For those who evacuated and went to the local school were begrudged by the other kids and came to the point where all the children split into two groups and many fights occurred. Foster parents also had a varied experience of the evacuation period. Some thought it was a blessing that they could have a child live with them, like a family especially for couples that were thinking of having children to have this experience or if you lived alone and were looking for companionship. ...read more.


Some didn't even know how to take a bath or use a toilet Some of the evacuees came from poverty in the city, to living with a rich family in the country. Some foster parents found this hard to cope with children displaying filthy habits in the foster parents homes, like urinating on the walls instead of the toilets. In my opinion the group of people that were affected most by evacuation were the evacuees. This is because they were the people who did not have a choice in the matter and were sent off to a strange place they had never seen before without their parents with them, and a lot of them did not even know why and for how long they would be there for. The reactions to the policy of evacuation differed between the effected people. For some they had positive reactions because it was like a home from home and they made friends for life. People had negative reactions because they might have had a miserable time or they might not of got on well with their foster parent/child. The reactions about evacuation differed to whom it was affecting and what their experience was like. Word count:895 ...read more.

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