Rudolf Memorial Home, Banstead, Surrey

At the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939, the residents of the Rudolf Memorial Home for Boys at Balham were evacuated by the Waifs and Strays Society to the London County Council Residential School at Banstead in Surrey. The School, which temporarily adopted the name of the Rudolf Memorial Home, was based in the former Kensington & Chelsea School District cottage homes.

The girls from the Rudolf Memorial Home for Girls at Dulwich were also evacuated to the School. In 1941, the boys' and girls' homes were formally amalgamated into a single establishment. In 1943, all the children were moved to the Tilford Convalescent Home at Farnham, Surrey, which then took on the Rudolf Memorial Home name.

The Banstead premises no longer exist.

Records

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Bibliography

  • Bowder, Bill Children First: a photo-history of England's children in need (1980, Mowbray)
  • Church of England Waifs and Strays' Society [Rudolfe, Edward de Montjoie] The First Forty Years: a chronicle of the Church of England Waifs and Strays' Society 1881-1920 (1922, Church of England Waifs and Strays' Society / S.P.C.K.)
  • Rudolf, Mildred de Montjoie Everybody's Children: the story of the Church of England Children's Society 1921-1948 (1950, OUP)
  • Stroud, John Thirteen Penny Stamps: the story of the Church of England Children's Society (Waifs and Strays) from 1881 to the 1970s (1971, Hodder and Stoughton)
  • Morris, Lester The Violets Are Mine: Tales of an Unwanted Orphan (2011, Xlibris Corporation) — memoir of a boy growing up in several of the Society's homes (Princes Risborough, Ashdon, Hunstanton, Leicester) in the 1940s and 50s.