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 April 7, 1941. The only son of Judge and Lady Hurst, he was born in Manchester (which his father represented in Parliament for 16 years) in 1912 and educated at Marlborough.  He follows in the footsteps of his maternal grandfather, Sir Alfred Hopkinson, by winning a scholarship at Lincoln College, Oxford.  In 1932 he gained the Stanhope Historical Essay Prizes; in 1933 a first in history; in 1934 a second…

Private Patrick Joseph Reynolds: Death

Private Patrick Reynolds had previously been reported as missing in the Bromley & District Times newspaper on the 19th July 1940.  Read article here > Death of Prisoner of War Private P.J. Reynolds Private Patrick J. Reynolds, royal West Kent Regiment, after having been officially reported as missing since May 20, 1940, has now been reported as having died while a prisoner of war.  his parents, Mr and Mrs J.P. Reynolds, of Bickley Crescent, have received official notification to that effect. Private Reynolds, who was the second son of Mr…

William Noel Hickmott

Lance Bombardier William Noel Hickmott was the son of Thomas William and Beatrice Hickmott of Bromley.  He married Amy Rabbeth in 1932 and had four children; William (1932), Sheila & Maureen (1935) and Ann (1937). William was part of the Royal Horse Artillery, 2 Regiment (Servie no. 1089687). He died on the 9th May 1943 and is buried at Massicault War Cemetery in Tunisia. After William’s death, Amy married Timothy O’Brien in 1945. Lance-Bombardier W. N. Hickmott Mrs W. N. Hickmott, 19 Mosul Way, Bromley Common, has been notified that her husband,…

Private John Bertram Ecott

Private John Bertam Ecott was the son of John Roland and Edith Miriam Ecott, of Bromley, Kent. He volunteered  in February 1940 and was called up almost immediately.  The Commonweath War Grave Commisson reported his death as being sometime between 07/06/1940 and 18/07/1940.  This report of his death was reported in local newspaper in April 1940. He is buried at Pornic War Cemetery in Loire-Atlantique, France. Private J.B. Ecott We regret to record the death of Private John Bertram Ecott, R.A.S.C.  He had been posted as missing more than eight…

Leslie Ralph Eden

Leslie Ralph Eden was a sergeant in the 83 Squadron of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.  He lived in Bromley wth his aunt and cousins, but was educated and worked in Camberwell. He was interred into the family grave in Camberwell New Cemetery , Grave 2094 Sergeant L.R. Eden, R.A.F. We have to record the death on active service of Sergeant Leslie Ralph Eden, R.A.F. He was the only child of the late Mr J. Eden and of Mrs Eden, who lives with her sister, Mrs Frances Jordan, 104…