Gunner Harry Garcia

Old Bromley Scouter Broadcasts An exciting story Harry Garcia, a gunner of a Coastal Command Lockheed Hudson, whose home is at 239 Southlands Road, Bromley, told an exciting story on the radio recently. The pilot of the aircraft also gave an account of the incident when the plane, flying over the sea near the Norwegian coast, encountered three enemy ships.  They dropped their bombs but their plane was damaged by anti-aircraft fire.  After nearly crashing they set a course for home, but Garcia reported that the wireless operator was wounded. …

Wedding of Dr. Doobie & Miss Schooling

Dr David N. Dobbie and Miss H.E.M. Schooling Interest was aroused in Bromley on Saturday by the Wedding at St Mary’s Church, College Road, of Dr. David Noble Dobbie, of this town (now Captain, R.A.M.C.), son of Mr and Mrs David Dobbie, of Edinburgh, to Miss Hazel Eva Margaret Schooling, daughter of Councillor and Mrs Lionel Schooling, of Rosewood, Bromley, and granddaughter of the later Mr and Mrs F. Schooling of Holly Dene, Beckenham Lane. The bride’s parents are among the best known residents of Bromley, and she herself is…

Wedding Anniversary: Gunton

Former Mayor and Mayoress of Bromley Celebrate golden Wedding Anniversary Mr and Mrs C.H. Gunton Honoured residents of Bromley who were Mayor and Mayoress in 1934-35, Mr and Mrs Charles H. Gunton, of Kingsbury, London Lane, are celebrating their golden wedding anniversary on Tuesday. Source: Bromley & District Times, 13th February 1942 (page 5)

A/F/L Gillian Lorne Campbell

Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross Acting Flight Lieutenant Gillian Lorne Campbell, R.A.F.V.T. Acting Flight Lieutenant Gillian Lorne Campbell, R.A.F.V.T., 272 Squadron, son of Sir Edward Campbell, M.P. and Lady Campbell, of Ambleside,  Westmoreland Road, Bromley has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Flight Lieutenant Campbell has completed many hours operational flying, involving patrols over Norway, France, the North Atlantic and the Mediterranean.  He has destroyed at least two hostile aircraft and probably destroyed others on the ground, in low level attacks on enemy bases. Throughout Lieutenant Campbell has set an…

Rector of West Wickham Leaving: 1942

Rev. Charles A. S. Page was the Rector of West Wickham for nearly 12 years, before he moved onto Hawkinge near Folkstone.  When he moved had been recently widowed, and his only son Squadron Leader Harry Charles Shaw Page, had been reported as missing (this report was mentioned earlier in the same newspaper, page 5) Rector Leaving Rev. C.A.S. Page Coing to Hawkinge Speech at Church Meeting The Rev. C.A.S. Page, D.S.O., M.C., Rector of West Wickham for nearly 12 years, has accepted the offer of the living of Hawkinge,…

Squadron Leader Henry Charles Shaw Page

Henry Charles Shaw Page (known as Harry) was the only son of West Wickham Rector Charles Alexander Shaw Page and Beatrice Ellen Page, ; and husband to Nancy Mary Heather Page, of Retford, Nottinghamshire. Having served in the Middlesex Regiment, he later joined Squadron 61 of the RAF. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross in 1941 for his part in numerous raids over Germany and was promoted to Squadron Leader that same year. Sadly after being reported as missing, he was later found to have died on 31st January 1942,…

Prisoners of War: 1942

Prisoners of War Do you know anyone here? These are men of the Royal West Kent Regiment who are prisoners of war in Germany.  Second from the right in the back row is a Farnborough boy, Private R.T. Clarkson, son of Mrs Clarkson, 81 Hugh Street, Farnborough. Source: Bromley & District Times, 23rd January 1942 (page 5) Also see: In a German Prison Camp: Oct 1941 Officers of the royal West Kent Regiment: 1940 Is your Boy here? Oct 1941

Lieutenant Kenneth J. Amos

Lieut. K.J. Amos Awarded MBE (Military Divsion) Lieutenant (temporary captain) Kenneth John Amos, Royal Corps of Signals, is among those whose names appear in the New Year Honours list with the award of M.B.E. (Military Division) for their sterling work. Lieut. Amos is the only son of Mr and Mrs J.H. Amos of 86 Tweedy Road, Bromley. He was educated at St. Olave’s Grammar School, London where he distinguished himself in the studies of languages.  He also had an aptitude for technical and engineering subjects, and on leaving school he…

The Foxwell Brothers

In this article we focus on the Foxwell family, who resided in the Keston area of Bromley during the second world war years.  Their father, George Foxwell was well known in the area, having had connections with many local clubs including Keston Men’s Club, Keston Football Club and Keston Cricket Club.  George had served in the first war world with the Motor Transport and the Tank Corps, and his three sons; Leslie, Edward and Kenneth, all followed suit and served with the RAF during World War Two. The article below…

Lance Corporal Ernest A. Palin

Family Memories of a war hero After the war Ernest returned to his family and he went to work on the chicken farm at Biggins Hill delivering eggs. He then went to Southlands coaches in Bromley as a coach driver. His youngest son was born in 1947. He stayed at Southlands for a number of years. When the firm closed he went to work for the MOD as a security guard at a weapons testing centre at Pole Hill. Once he left here he formed his own business called ‘Palins…