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Civilians & Military billeted in homes
« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2016, 11:53:00 »
When I explored the 1939 Register I was surprised to find a non-family member living with my parents in Rainham. I assumed a simple lodger, but asked my big sister, who was there at the time, who also remembers a whole family living in the front room a bit later on, and then a scary single lady who stayed even after the war. She tells me that these people were billeted on Mum & Dad and I wondered what the mechanism was to find these people accommodation and what rent was paid etc.

Also sister remembers the house next door to our paternal grandparents being commandeered by the army, and many young men being invited in for Grandma's tea and cakes. They lived on the Maidstone Road almost dead opposite the Airport entrance that took you to the hangers via the traffic light controlled road that I used in the 80s & 90s. Seems a bit close to an obvious target?

Who decided to commandeer a property, did they get paid for it, and what happened to the occupants?
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