Surviving records of the 54th Kent Battalion, KT 54, based at Chislehurst, throw a little light on the sort of documentation which flowed in increasing volume within units of the Battalion and hundreds like it.
First the file copy of a letter from the C.O. of "C" Coy, Major Howard Roberts, M.C. (Howard Roberts was a banker in the City; he had served in the Great War with considerable bravery). Here he is in the letter below, in the desperate days of summer 1940, making detailed arrangements for his Company and at the same time worrying about a lost uniform.
At the beginning of March 1941 other considerations are starting to dominate his thinking: