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Westward Ho! (1940)


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Children are evacuated during the early years of the war. A blackboard shows the announcement of the evacuation with children's drawings. Children get medically examined before evacuation, as part of the government's evacuation scheme for sending children from London to the countryside in the West.

Children gather at the railway station, suitably equipped with warm clothes and gas masks. Parents walk their children to collection points. Party organisers are shown at work. None of them know where the transport is going.

Children look out of the train window at the countryside, the first time many London children have seen it. When the train stops, volunteers give water to the children.

After they arrive at their destination (Torquay), the children are driven to a close local school, registered, fed and then sent in twos or threes to their new families.

The next morning the children write special "evacuation cards" to their parents to tell them their new addresses. Then they are distributed into their new classes.

Children play outside, working on fields and playing on the beach at Torquay).

A world map focuses on northern Europe. Mothers from Norway, Holland, Belgium and France tell that they did not have time to evacuate their children and encourage the families in Britain to do so. The armed forces would fight better knowing their children are safe.