People of Bromley

With the help of the Military Ancestors website, I have been able to piece together some of the stories of local soldiers and nurses who fought in both World Wars through their obituaries, awards, marriages and mentions in the Bromley & District Times.

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Group photo of members from the Royal West Kent Regiment who were prisoners of war in 1941 including Lance Corporal Eric Arthur Eagles

Is Your Boy here? Prisoners of War, 1941

This group photo of soldiers being held in a prisoner of war camp in Germany in 1941, was published in ...
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Members from the Royal West Kent Regiment who were prisoners of war in Germany in 1941

Royal West Kent Regiment: Prisoners of War

In a German Prison Camp A group of officers of the Royal West Kent Regiment at Camp Oflag VII., C, ...
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Wedding photo of Robert Leo Rockall and Elsie Williams, published in the Bromley & District Times in October 1941

Rifleman Robert Leo Rockall: Wedding

Mr R.L. Rockall and Miss Elsie L. Williams The wedding took place on Saturday at St Mary's Church, Plaistow, of ...
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Portrait of Captain Quentin Hurst who was reported as Missing in October 1941

Captain Quentin B. Hurst: Killed in Action

Captain Quentin Hurst, the Rifle Brigade, previously reported as missing, is now known to have been killed in action on ...
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Flight Lieutenant Hugh William Eliot as published in the Bromley & District Times on 3rd October 1941

Acting F/L Hugh William Eliot

For Gallentry Acting Light-Lieutenant H.W. Eliot AWARDED DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS The Distinguished Flying Cross has been awarded to Acting Flight-Lieutenant ...
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Death notice of Private Patrick J Reynolds who died in October 1941 in a prisoner of war camp

Private Patrick Joseph Reynolds: Death

Private Patrick Reynolds had previously been reported as missing in the Bromley & District Times newspaper on the 19th July ...
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Promotion for rectors son Squadron leader Harry Charles Page of West Wickham as published in the Bromley & District Times newspaper in September 1941

Harry Charles Shaw Page

Promotion for Rector's Son Squadron Leader Page Flight Lieutenant Harry Charles Shaw Page, D.F.C., only son of Lieutenant-Colonel and ...
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Wedding of LAC Harold Lidster and Margaret Fitch as reported in the Bromley Times in 1941

Leading Aircraftman Harold Lidster: Wedding

L/A/C Lidster and Miss M. Fitch The wedding took place at St Luke's Church on Saturday, August 30, of L/A/C ...
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Article image of Missing Flying Officer Ross James as reported in the Bromley Times on 12th September 1941

Flying Officer Ross James

Roll of Honour MISSING. Hero who raided Berlin A fortnight ago we announced that the Distinguished Flying Cross had been ...
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Mrs Ethel Pond, VAD nurse who lived in Bromley during World War two

Mrs Ethel Augusta Pond

Recognition for Bravery Red Cross Distinguished War Service Certificate The many friends of Mrs Ethel A. Pond, MBE, Commandant Kent ...
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Newspaper extract featuring Sergeant Peter David Devereux who went missing at sea, published in the Bromley Times on 12th September 1941

Sergeant Peter David Devereux

Lost at Sea Sergeant P.D. Devereux, R.A.F. Sergeant Peter David Devereux, aged 22, who has been reported "missing" while on ...
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Wedding of Gunner Sydney Bax and Miss Gwendoline Prior reported in the Bromley Times - 12th Sept 1941

Gunner Sydney Bax: Wedding

A member of an old Bromley family was married at St John's, Eden Park, on Saturday, when the bridegroom was ...
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Gunner Alfred Haffenden_1914

Gunner Alfred Haffenden

Alfred Haffenden was the son of George Haffenden, of Eastbourne, and husband to E. A. Haffenden, of 10 Albert Rd., ...
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Mr H G Milstead, 1915

Mr H.G. Milstead

Whilst working for the Standard Bank in Mombasa, Mr H.G. Milstead became the South Africa correspondent for the Bromley & ...
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Private Ernest W Bridgen

Private Ernest W. Brigden

Private Ernest W. Brigden was serving with the Worcestershire Regiment when he was killed action in November 1914, aged 22. His ...
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Harry Ludlow

Harry Ludlow, Seaman

Harry Ludlow was one of three brother serving in the First World War.  He served for the Royal Navy onboard HMS Duncan ...
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Guardsman James Williams

Guardsman James Williams

James Williams was the son of Mr & Mrs Frank Williams of 4 Lily Cottages Swanley, Kent, and brother to ...
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Private Frederick Norman Ayles

Private Frederick Norman Ayles

Private Frederick Ayles was an old boy of Aylesbury Road School.  His mother (a widow) lived on Simpson Road, Bromley ...
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Gunner WH King_1914

Gunner W H King

Son of William Henry and Eliza King, of 17 New England Road, Brighton, King was a Bromley postman and Captain ...
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Private T Smith_1914

Private T Smith, 1914

This is Private T. Smith who served in the First World War.  I want to link him to the correct ...
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Private John Ludlow

Private John Ludlow

Private John Ludlow was one of three brothers serving in the First World War.  He was a member of the Army ...
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Lieutenant L M Powell

Lieutenent L M Powell

Second Lieutenant L.M. Powell, of Chislehurst was killed in action on 17th June 1915.  He is listed on the Commonwealth War ...
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Amos David John Friend

Amos David John Friend

Amos D J Friend a member of the Royal Field Artillery. Son of Mr Alfred Friend and brother to Horace ...
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Horace Alfred Thomas Friend

Horace A T Friend

Horace Alfred Thomas Friend was the son of Mr Alfred Friend and brother to Amos D J Friend. He was ...
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Group photo of members from the Royal West Kent Regiment who were prisoners of war in 1941 including Lance Corporal Eric Arthur Eagles

Is Your Boy here? Prisoners of War, 1941

This group photo of soldiers being held in a prisoner of war camp in Germany in 1941, was published in ...
... continue reading
Members from the Royal West Kent Regiment who were prisoners of war in Germany in 1941

Royal West Kent Regiment: Prisoners of War

In a German Prison Camp A group of officers of the Royal West Kent Regiment at Camp Oflag VII., C, ...
... continue reading
Wedding photo of Robert Leo Rockall and Elsie Williams, published in the Bromley & District Times in October 1941

Rifleman Robert Leo Rockall: Wedding

Mr R.L. Rockall and Miss Elsie L. Williams The wedding took place on Saturday at St Mary's Church, Plaistow, of ...
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Portrait of Captain Quentin Hurst who was reported as Missing in October 1941

Captain Quentin B. Hurst: Killed in Action

Captain Quentin Hurst, the Rifle Brigade, previously reported as missing, is now known to have been killed in action on ...
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Portrait of philosopher Collie Knox

Collie Knox joins the Star

Collie Knox (1899–1977) was a British author and journalist who was active during World War II. He wrote mostly for ...
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Flight Lieutenant Hugh William Eliot as published in the Bromley & District Times on 3rd October 1941

Acting F/L Hugh William Eliot

For Gallentry Acting Light-Lieutenant H.W. Eliot AWARDED DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS The Distinguished Flying Cross has been awarded to Acting Flight-Lieutenant ...
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Death notice of Private Patrick J Reynolds who died in October 1941 in a prisoner of war camp

Private Patrick Joseph Reynolds: Death

Private Patrick Reynolds had previously been reported as missing in the Bromley & District Times newspaper on the 19th July ...
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Promotion for rectors son Squadron leader Harry Charles Page of West Wickham as published in the Bromley & District Times newspaper in September 1941

Harry Charles Shaw Page

Promotion for Rector's Son Squadron Leader Page Flight Lieutenant Harry Charles Shaw Page, D.F.C., only son of Lieutenant-Colonel and Mrs ...
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Wedding of LAC Harold Lidster and Margaret Fitch as reported in the Bromley Times in 1941

Leading Aircraftman Harold Lidster: Wedding

L/A/C Lidster and Miss M. Fitch The wedding took place at St Luke's Church on Saturday, August 30, of L/A/C ...
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Article image of Missing Flying Officer Ross James as reported in the Bromley Times on 12th September 1941

Flying Officer Ross James

Roll of Honour MISSING. Hero who raided Berlin A fortnight ago we announced that the Distinguished Flying Cross had been ...
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Mrs Ethel Pond, VAD nurse who lived in Bromley during World War two

Mrs Ethel Augusta Pond

Recognition for Bravery Red Cross Distinguished War Service Certificate The many friends of Mrs Ethel A. Pond, MBE, Commandant Kent ...
... continue reading
Newspaper extract featuring Sergeant Peter David Devereux who went missing at sea, published in the Bromley Times on 12th September 1941

Sergeant Peter David Devereux

Lost at Sea Sergeant P.D. Devereux, R.A.F. Sergeant Peter David Devereux, aged 22, who has been reported "missing" while on ...
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