Basque Child Refugees - Station Road, Cambridge, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Master Mariner
N 52° 11.691 E 000° 08.063
31U E 304149 N 5786581
This Cambridge City Council blue plaque is attached to a building on the north east side of Station Road at the junction with Tenison Road in Cambridge. The plaque acknowledges that 29 children wer looked after here by volunteers.
Waymark Code: WMQ92K
Location: Eastern England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 01/13/2016
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member Norfolk12
Views: 1

Wikipedia has an article about the Spanish Civil War with a section about the evacuation of children:

The Republicans oversaw the evacuation of 30,000–35,000 children from their zone, starting with Basque areas, from which 20,000 were evacuated. Their destinations included the United Kingdom and the USSR, and many other locations in Europe, along with Mexico. On 21 May 1937, around 4,000 Basque children were taken to the UK on the aging steamship SS Habana from the Spanish port of Santurtzi. This was against initial opposition from both the government and charitable groups, who saw the removal of children from their native country as potentially harmful. On arrival two days later in Southampton, the children were dispersed all over England, with over 200 children accommodated in Wales. The upper age limit was initially set at 12, but raised to 15. By mid-September, all of los niños, as they became known, had found homes with families. Most were repatriated to Spain after the war, but some 250 still remained in Britain by the end of the Second World War in 1945.

Blue Plaque managing agency: Cambridge City Council

Individual Recognized: Basque Child Refugees

Physical Address:
Salisbury Villas
Station Road
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire United Kingdom

Web Address: [Web Link]

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