Hostel for the Sick

Sick bays and Hostels

Truro City Council Minutes, 29th May 1940. CRO reference: BTRU/327
Document 1 - CRO reference: BTRU/327

Truro City Council Minutes, 29th May 1940.

Two emergency hostels for evacuee children were set up in Truro. One was a sick-bay, the other for other children who could not be accommodated in private homes.

  • What sort of children do you think would be considered "unsuitable for billeting on private households"?

  • Who was to care for these children?

  • How do you think that children staying in the hostels might have felt?

Medical records of evacuees, St Austell Rural District Council, 1941. CRO reference: DC/RES/580
Document 2 - CRO reference: DC/RES/580

Medical records of evacuees, St Austell Rural District Council, 1941

The names, ages, and medical conditions of children who stayed in sick-bays were entered in record books. These records can be helpful to former evacuees who wish to trace their past experiences. To protect their identities, we have edited the image of the medical records shown on this page.

  • How old were the children in this document?

  • What were their illnesses?

  • How long did Phyllis stay in the sick-bay?

  • Do you think that children would have to stay in a hospital to be treated for these health problems today?

  • Why do you think evacuee children were kept in sick-bay hostels for minor illnesses?