Evacuation of Children and Other ‘Priority Classes’ from UK Cities – 30 and 31 August 1939

Posted on August 28th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

As the outbreak of war between the UK and Germany seemed imminent, children and other ‘priority classes’ started to be evacuated to the countryside from the major cities in the UK.

Included below is a leading story from the front page of the ‘Hull Daily Mail’ of 31 August 1939, which reports on the mass evacuation that took place in late August and early September 1939 – and we’ve also included a photo of some of the evacuees from Hull.

historical newspaper report on Evacuation of Children from UK Cities - 30 August 1939

Hull Daily Mail – Thursday 31 August 1939

Image © Northcliffe Media Limited. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/BL/0000324/19390831/118/0001

historical newspaper report on Evacuation of Children from UK Cities - 30 August 1939

Hull Daily Mail – Friday 01 September 1939

Image © Northcliffe Media Limited. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000324/19390901/028/0005

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  • http://www.ruthsancestors.blogspot.co.uk Ruth Hogan

    This is fascinating especially as my grandfather and great aunt were 2 of the 50,000 children to be evacuated.
    Great find!

    • The British Newspaper Archive

      We’re glad you like this story, Ruth. Regards, Grant.