Fundraising

Poster appealing for subscriptions to government war loan

Poster appealing for subscriptions
to government war loan

Alongside fundraising for the relief of local cases of hardship and the support of the county’s war hospitals and troops overseas, communities and businesses across Surrey were also exhorted by the authorities to purchase war bonds and participate in national fundraising drives and local committees were formed across Surrey to further this cause.  Street collections and flag-selling also took place throughout the county in support of the troops and Britain’s allies.

In 1916, a Surrey Central Committee for War Savings was established to oversee locally the work of the National Organising Committee for War Savings in promoting economy and investment in government war bonds.  Representatives from local authorities, churches, labour organisations, friendly societies and trade councils sat on the committee, which, among its activities, organised a children’s essay competition on thrift in 1916.

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