Defending Surrey

These pages look at the threats to Surrey from anticipated German invasion and from actual air raids and also at the measures taken to oppose these threats.  Click on the links in the menu to find out more.

Zeppelin caught in searchlights from album of Royal Fusiliers Camp at Woodcote Park, Epsom ( SHC ref 6529/4 )

Zeppelin caught in searchlights
from album of Royal Fusiliers Camp at Woodcote Park, Epsom
SHC ref 6529/4

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Special Constables in Surrey

As numbers of policemen fell while their wartime duties increased in numbers, Special Constables...

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Frederick Sowrey 1893-1968

Frederick Sowrey, The Royal Fusiliers, Royal Flying Corps and latterly the Royal Airforce. A fighter...

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Surrey Firemen killed in action during the Great War

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Air-Raid Refugees from London

Stoke d'Abernon parish council was looking for emergency accommodation for London air-raid refugees.

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Stoke D'Abernon - 1918

News about Stoke D'Abernon and Oxshott, taken from the 1918 parish magazines of St Mary's, Stoke...

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Charterhouse at War

An account of the influential Godalming school during the Great War

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Hermann Mardus

A man of German parentage living in Surrey

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Stoke D'Abernon - 1915

News about Stoke D'Abernon and Oxshott during the first full year of the conflict, taken from the...

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Stoke D'Abernon - 1914.

News about Stoke D'Abernon and Oxshott, and the outbreak of war, taken from the 1914 Parish...

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The Tabor Family

Daughter of London family sent to Surrey to escape threat of German air raids