Step into the Past

Old Newspapers are a wonderful source of information. I have been working with the Bromley and District Times during World War 1 and its aftermath collecting and listing the names of military personnel who have featured in it for my Military Ancestors project.

Through this research I have also gathered fascinating stories, articles and adverts from the time.  These I can now bring to you through my website Footsteps to the Past – stories written about the people of the time: by the people of the time.

I hope you enjoy reading them too.


Latest Extracts

Guide to War Savings

Even after the war children were encouraged to save. I remember the 6d. And 2/6 stamps that we ...
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Wedding of Hook & Ryan

Flight-Lieut Hook, RAF and Miss Ryan Flight-Lieutenant Robin Hook, RAF, only son of Mr and Mrs E.M. Hook, ...
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Idris Table Waters – Advert

Idris Table Waters Who made the Lemon Squash? Idris admit their guilt. And moreover, keep on browbeating all ...
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Women’s Home Defence, 1942

Chance to Learn to Shoot"No Drills, No Red Tape, No Uniform"The announcement that a unit of the Women's ...
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Bromley Warship Week, March 1942

Inaugurated by Admiral Sir Edward Evans "Time for all Hands on Deck" Everyone must make greater sacrifices. Bromley ...
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Advert showing two babies in a cot with the labels Less Spending and More Saving attached to them

Saving Your Pennies in 1942

To encourage people to save during the war time, advert such as these from the Post Office and ...
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Portrait of Richard Been Stannard

Lieutenant Richard Been Stannard

Lieutenant Richard Been Stannard was born at Blyth, Northumberland. His father, Captain George Stannard, was lost with the ...
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black and white portrait of John Bond Bassett of Bromley

2nd Lieutenant John B. Bassett

72521 2nd-Lieutenant John Bond Bassett , aged 28, was a printer by trade, the third son of Mr ...
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Advert for Soap Rationing in World War two

Soap Rationing

Advert from the Ministry of Food Soap Rationing From Monday, February 9th [1942], soap may be bought only ...
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Gunner Harry Garcia

Old Bromley Scouter Broadcasts An exciting story Harry Garcia, a gunner of a Coastal Command Lockheed Hudson, whose ...
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Scrap Metal

Ever Wondered What Happened to the Metal Collected during World War Two? Scrap Metal What happens to the ...
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Portait of Mr and Mrs Charles Gunton of Bromley

Wedding Anniversary: Gunton

Former Mayor and Mayoress of Bromley Celebrate golden Wedding Anniversary Mr and Mrs C.H. Gunton Honoured residents of ...
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