1940: Billet Pledge to Mothers

Naming three more coast towns as evacuation areas and giving parents in eighteen towns another chance to register their children the Government stated last night.

Since parents suppose some of the children registered under the Government’s present scheme may be sent to Canada, Australia or other Empire countries, the Government wish to make it perfectly clear that none of the children at present being moved will be sent outside this country.

Any scheme which may arise from offers made by the Dominions, which are now under consideration by the Government, would be entirely separate, and no child will be sent abroad except at the wish of parents.

The three new evacuation towns are Aldeburgh and Southwold (both in Suffolk) and Hythe (Kent). Schools will be open there today and on Thursday for the registration of children.

In response to appeals from parents whose children were not evacuated when the movement from the south-east coast took place on June 2, the Government has decided to give them another chance to register today and tomorrow in these towns:-

Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft, Harwich, Clacton, Frinton and Walton, Southend, Margate, Ramsgate, Broadstairs, Sandwich, Dover, Deal, Folkestone, Chatham, Gillingham, Rochester and Sheerness.

The date of evacuation from Aldeburgh, Southwold and Hythe and the other towns will be decided after registration has closed. It will be as early as possible but adequate notice will be given. The children will go to the Midlands and South Wales.

Arrangements have now been completed for the six-day evacuation, which begins on Thursday, of 120,0000 registered schoolchildren from Greater London. None will be taken to the Eastern Counties. The great majority are going to Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Wales.

Daily Mirror Wednesday 12 June 1940