Law and Order

The war brought much new complexity into people’s lives in the form of new regulations and restrictions under the Defence of the Realm Act. Wartime shortages also meant a black market thrived and hoarding of food and other essentials presented a constant challenge. An overstretched police force, aided by special constables, sought to enforce the law and combat crime while taking on many new challenges.

The Defence of the Realm Act (DORA) – This act implemented new regulations and restrictions, including granting the government the power to commandeer economic resources for the war effort.

The Defence of the Realm Act (DORA) – This act implemented new regulations and restrictions, including granting the government the power to commandeer economic resources for the war effort.
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The Dorking and District Local Emergency Committee

The 'Dorking and District Area Local Emergency Committee’ was created in August 1914 as part of...

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Special Constables in Surrey

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Guardians of Morals: Women in the Police

The First World Was saw the recruitment of women police officers for the first time. A few were...

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Great Bookham - An Absentee

Newspaper account of trial of prisoner who was an absentee under the Military Service Act

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Hermann Mardus

A man of German parentage living in Surrey

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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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Germans Escape From Frimley

An exciting report by the Surrey and Hants News of the escape of German prisoners of war