Belgian refugee children - photograph

Belgian refugee children board a London General Omnibus Company B.-type bus in Aldwych to go to St Nicholas' day celebrations. The photo was taken during the First World War. Many of the 250,000 Belgian refugees that came to Britain during the war were housed in hostels and private houses in London. There was much sympathy for the refugees and what they had experienced under German occupation. St Nicholas' day is celebrated on 6 December in many countries in Europe. Children are often given their presents then rather than on 25 December. The two boy scouts in the picture were probably on hand to help make the day run smoothly.
Production Date:
ID no:
Transport for London

Bookmark with:

  • What are these?