• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

In WW2, evacuation was very important for the safety of children, how effective was it?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

History coursework - evacuation 2 In WW2, evacuation was very important for the safety of children. Government policy also meant that parents and children had different reactions. Many children who were evacuated had different views, good ones and bad ones. Some children didn't like evacuation because of the way they were treated. They were hit, scared, fed little food, abused and separated from their family. When Michael Caine was evacuated he shared a bed with a boy called Clarence. Clarence would wet the bed due to his nervousness; their foster mother was not able to tell who it was so she would beat both of them. So, with him getting hit he would wet the bed more because he was scared, this led to them being locked in a cupboard. Children were also made to work long hours for the hosts. A thirteen year old, middle-class boy said, "After school we were expected to sweep out Mr Benson's butcher's shop and scrub down the marble slabs." However, not all evacuation experiences were this bad, "We were given flannels and toothbrushes, we'd never cleaned out teeth up to now and hot water came from the tap." ...read more.

Middle

In the early stages of evacuation, children may not have liked evacuation but towards the end of the war children were used to their hosts and learned to love them. Hosts also either wanted or didn't want evacuees. They would want them to work for them for no money and maybe the host already had a child and wanted a friend for their child, or maybe the host is very patriotic and thinks that it will help the country in war and on the home front. The host may not want evacuees because they are too busy with work or because they just don't like children. When choosing the child or children, the host looked for many attributes such as cleanliness, single children, the sex of the child and age. The sex matters because the host may want the child to work with them and help in the garden to build air raid shelters. For the age, a woman may want to look after a younger child but they might need an older child to do chores. ...read more.

Conclusion

textile factories, you also wouldn't need to worry about day-care for the child, they didn't go to school because many schools would be closed due to evacuation. Parents felt sad and reluctant to go, they would worry about their child when away and would be curious about what the host is like. Some parents opposed evacuation just like in source I, 'The Observer' interviewing a father about evacuation who strangely opposes it, he is going to look after his kids himself because he believes that they can't look after them properly. Towards the end of the evacuation period, parents had gotten used to not having them around but still missed them and worried about them. In the movie 'Hope and Glory', which was made in 1987, tells the storey of a family during WW2 from the point of view of a young boy. In this movie there is a scene were it shows a mothers indecision of whether or not to send her child away to be evacuated. In conclusion, evacuation played an important role and the reactions of different people varied which meant there was a variety of evacuees. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Britain 1905-1951 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Britain 1905-1951 essays

  1. How important were Haig's tactics in bringing an end to WW1?

    Germany had to pass Britain but at the same time be undetected if they were to attempt to cut British trade. Their answer was U-boats. This is what a typical German U-boat in WW1 looked like. The most important naval engagement of the war was the Battle of Jutland.

  2. History Coursework - Evacuation Assignment

    The children then were lined up and the 'host' families chose whom they were going to take in. People who took in evacuees received an allowance from the government, and many people took children in for this reason. This money was to pay for the evacuees and the food and

  1. Explain the differencing reactions /feelings of people in Britain to the policy of evacuating ...

    They forgot what it was like to live only for your children, not to have time for them anymore when they had several years of doing as they pleased and working for themselves. Fathers of evacuees would mainly be at war or working in the fields, mines etc but when they returned they didn't need to worry about their children.

  2. Why did Children Work in the Mills

    O dear! Pray forgive me!" This source shows a lot of action in it. It shows children being threatened by adults who would hit them with a strap. Over all these sources and information tell us that life for children working in the mills was traumatising.

  1. Evacuation in WW2

    I think Source G is reliable as evidence about some evacuees because it was true that people who lived in the city were poorer than people who lived in the countryside. To live in the countryside and to own land, people had to have a considerable amount of money at their disposal.

  2. F Bommber Command decisive in bringing about victrory for Britan WW2

    This was so successful that on its first night in operation almost all of Hamburg was destroyed for the loss of only twelve bombers. The development of planes also helped RAF Bomber Command achieve successes for example the introduction of the Avro Lancaster in 1942 helped bomb dams in the Ruhr thus disrupting main transport routes.

  1. History Assignment 2

    It paints a picture of a new found confidence for women and that they were more financially able to look after their children and families. It shows that women really liked there new self worth and spirit of independence fostered by their newfound earning power and social life.

  2. How effective was the Evacuation?

    Even the picture of the smiling children conveys happiness but the background shows that the happiness is easily shattered by the German bombs but they can be saved by the foster parents and their homes which also on the picture.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work