Children&Women&Rationing by Toni-May&Toni

Recently in our class we have been studying Goodnight Mr Tom by Michelle Magorian.


Poster by Dudley S Cowes. [Public domain]

Poster by Dudley S Cowes. [Public domain]

In World War Two 827,000 children between the ages of 5-18 were evacuated along with 12,000 pregnant women, and some disabled people were evacuated to smaller towns and villages in the country side. Local authorities visited houses to do an inspection to see if they were able to take children in. Places where people were evacuated from England; London etc Scotland; Edinburgh etc

Evacuees Clothing List

  • girls
  • 6 handkercheifs
  • slip
  • Vest
  • blouse
  • cardigan
  • pair of knickers
  • petticoat
  • 2 pair of stocking

William would have took ,

  • 2 vests
  • 2 pairs of pants
  • 1 pair of trousers
  • 2 pair of socks
  • 6 hankercheifs

What else might they pack ?

overcoat, comb, toothbrush, welingtons, towel,soap, facecloth, boots or shoes, plimsolls, sandwhiches , Packet of nuts or raisins , dry biscuits, barley sugar and an apple.

Evacuation labels where given to every child who was being evacuated.


Women's Land Army member [UK Govt Public Domain]

Women’s Land Army member [UK Govt Public Domain]

Women played a very important part in the war, they had to take care of their children and work to earn money for the family. When the men left for war, women had to take over the mens work, although, they had never worked before they done a good job. Many women worked in factories of farms. They grew food in  allorments or if they were lucky enough to have a garden, they grew foods there.

A song for farming was

Dig! Dig! Dig! and your muscles will grow big, keep on pushing the spade dont mind the worms just ignore the squirms and when your back aches just laugh with glee, and keep on diggin till we give our foes a wiggin, Dig! Dig! Dig.


Child's ration book [UK Govt Public Domain]

Child’s ration book [UK Govt Public Domain]

Food;stuff that were rationed during the war were bannana’s that were scares and many things including sugar,butter,cheese,eggs,milk,tea and chocolate. Clothes,fuel oil,rubber,type writers,cooking oils and many other things were rationed too. This was happening because the Nazi’s or the German’s were sinking ships that were importanting these foods and materials.The sweets they ate were cough sweets and cakes. Ration books were given by local shop.You had to go and register for one and fill it in.

This affected William because he was taken away from his mother and city.William would have had to pack the boys clothing list. He would have experinced food shortages in London but not in the countryside because they grew their own food. His mother would have had to work whilst watching him and his new born baby sister Trudy.


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