Courtesy of St Margaret’s History Society: St Margaret’s in the First World War

Soldiers in the village

The main army presence in the village was the 6th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, billeted at Portal House in Sea Street. Their main duty was to resist a feared invasion and to protect the precious cross channel telegraph cables connecting London with France. The building also served as convalescent home for wounded soldiers. A village committee was organised to provide recreation and entertainment for the troops billeted here.

Text by Christine Waterman