Sunday 29 September 2013

The Cambridge Evacuee's

Evacuee's arriving in September 1939
In September 1939 Cambridge came home to around 3,000 children evacuee's sent from places which included London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds.

It was decide due to the risk of air raids on the larger cities that children and the sick would be safer in smaller towns and villages.

After arriving in Cambridge it was soon discovered that not all the evacuee's were happy to be here with some calling it a dull and dismal place and finding the families they were staying with far to posh compared to their own cockney parents.

It was also discovered many started to miss their families and could not adjust to life in Cambridge and it is believed within 3 months of arriving almost half returned home to face the Blitz with their families rather than stay any longer in Cambridge.

These articles may also be of interest: The Bombing of Vicarage Terrace  
                                                            World War 2 Air Attacks on Cambridge 1940-1942