Overseas British Evacuation of Children: CORB Selections


Figure 1.--Here we have an unidentified group of overseas evacuees. We are not sure yet just how CORB made its selections as to who would be chosen from all the applications received.

We are not entirely sure how the children were selected for the CORB overseas evacuations. Many more applications were received then it was possible to move overseas. CORB had to close the applicatin process. Many people after the fall of France thought the war was lost. The CORB selections were not done on a first-come, first-served basis. CORB classified and priortized the children. [Wallace] It is not clear just how this was done. Charges soon appeared in the press that the well-to-do were being given priority. CORB arranged for the transportation. The Government paid the passages. Quite a number of children had already been evacuated. This tended to be children from affluent fmilies with money and overseas contacts. We note some special groups.

Selections

We are not entirely sure how the children were selected for the CORB overseas evacuations. Many more applications were received then it was possible to move overseas. CORB had to close the applicatin process. Many people after the fall of France thought the war was lost. The CORB selections were not done on a first-come, first-served basis. CORB classified and priortized the children. [Wallace] It is not clear just how this was done. Charges soon appeared in the press that the well-to-do were being given priority. CORB arranged for the transportation. The Government paid the passages. Quite a number of children had already been evacuated. This tended to be children from affluent fmilies with money and overseas contacts.

Special Groups

We note some special groups evacuated overseas. We don notvyet have a list of these groups. One was a group of children from Oxford. They were the chikldren of university professors. They were hiosted by thefculty of Yale University. We do not know if they or otgher special groups were organized through CIB orid the British Government undr wrote the cist like the CORB evcuations. TheYale group crossed the Alanhtic at the beginning of the Batte of Britain. They landed at Montreal abnfd then traveled by train to New Haven, Connecticut where they woud sendcte rest of the War, A press photograph shows what klooks like 11 children. We do not know if that was te entire group. They look to be about 5-11 year of age. One boy is wearing his prep-school uniform.

Sources

Wallace, Dr. R.C. Chairman of the National Committee for Children from Overseas, radio address, November 3, 1940.







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