Life at Home

These pages consider how life on the home front was transformed under the impact of the war. No area of life was untouched. Wartime austerity affected the goods available in the shops and the entertainments and leisure activities which had enriched people’s lives before the conflict broke out. Relentless propaganda made it impossible to escape the life and death struggle the nation was engaged in. Childhoods were disrupted, existing relationships were placed under immense strain and new relationships were forged.

Parlimentary Recruitment Committee poster, 1915 © IWM (Art.IWM PST 0311) Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/17053

Parlimentary Recruitment Committee poster, 1915
© IWM (Art.IWM PST 0311)
Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/17053

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Alfred Baker

Surrey man who worked at Chilworth Munitions Factory

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Lucy James Hall

Born in Jersey City, USA Lucy James Hall died in Woking in 1918 and was buried in Brookwood Cemetery

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Corporal Herbert William Pope

As an experienced horseman, Herbert served at the Romsey Remount Station getting horses ready to be...

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Dora Richards (nee Coombs)

Nurse who married a holder of the Victoria Cross, having nursed him in hospital

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Soldiers Concert at Cranleigh

The soldiers from the Oaklands Hospital gave a concert on new Years Day at the local village hall

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Surrey Firemen killed in action during the Great War

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John Edwin Edwards

Thames Ditton professional golfer who is commemorated in Ypres

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Samuel Charles Currier

A Carshalton man who was killed in 1916 at Guillemont and his letters home

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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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Our holiday in August 1914....

Reverend W E Peters writes to his parishioners, outlining his 'holiday' in the Rhone, from 28th July...

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Major Ralph Smith

A brief story about the life of Major Ralph Smith

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James Edgar Prince

A brief story of James Edgar Prince

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Stoke D'Abernon - 1919

News about Stoke D'Abernon and Oxshott, taken from the 1919 parish magazines of St Mary's, Stoke...

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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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Stoke D'Abernon - 1917

News about Stoke D'Abernon and Oxshott, taken from the 1917 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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Stoke D'Abernon - 1916

News about Stoke D'Abernon and Oxshott, taken from the 1916 parish magazines of St Mary's, Stoke...

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Windlesham Women's Institute

During the Great War, the Women's Institute movement grew rapidly. Windlesham's was established in...

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Gunner Frederick James Cornell

Gunner Cornell trained with the first batch of tanks. He was wounded but survived the war and owned...

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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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Milford - 1915

News about Milford and the war's impact upon the community, taken from the 1915 Parish magazine of...

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Milford - 1914

News about Milford and the outbreak of war, taken from the 1914 Parish magazine of St John's...

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The Last Summer

Part of the Last Summer display telling the Surrey's story in the months before the start of the...

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Family Life in 1914

Part of the Last Summer display; telling the story of family life in Surrey just before the start of...

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Surrey's Landscape in 1914

In 1914 Surrey was a popular destination for London communters and day-trippers but road an rail...

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George Edward Garland

Addlestone man who was party of 'Watney's Men' and served in Gallipoli

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The Tabor Family

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

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Henry Robert Stanley

Story of Addlestone man who served in Egypt, Salonika and Gallipoli