Billeting

Men of the London Scottish Regiment in Rothes Road, Dorking, 1915 (© Dorking Museum )

Men of the London Scottish Regiment in Rothes Road, Dorking, 1915
(© Dorking Museum )

Households in Surrey had soon to get used to finding temporary lodgings (or billets) for troops in transit through the county or in training nearby.  In the first winter of the war, because of delays in building wooden huts in the training camps, men had to be moved into houses nearby to escape from the mud and cold.  To cover expenses householders were paid 2s 6d per man per day.  The demand for billets presented the police and local authorities with an enormous logistical challenge, especially as the notice given was often short and arrangements could be cancelled at the last minute.

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