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.


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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 ...
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Lord Croft watches a gun crew at work in Bromley in October 1941

Lord Croft Watches over Gun Crew, 1941

Henry Page Croft, 1st Baron Croft was a decorated British soldier and a Conservative Party politician. In 1940 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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Women on the back of army vehicles in a procession through Bromley in 1941

Women’s War-time Services, 1941

Attractive procession in Bromley Second Week of Salvage Drive Representatives of many of the women's war-time services took ...
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The Marchioness Camden visiting the Red Cross detachments in Bromley in October 1941

Lady Camden visits the Bromley Red Cross

The Marchioness Camden at Bromley RED CROSS DETACHMENTS INSPECTED Interesting event at Stockwell College The visit of the ...
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War poster showing female recruit for the ATS in World War two

Recruits for the ATS needed URGENTLY

This notice was published in the local Bromley & District Times newspaper in October 1941, by the Ministry ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Cinema listing of Billy the Kid film which appeared in Bromley's Odeon in October 1941

Cinema Listings for Bromley in 1941

This advert for the cinemas of Bromley lists the top films being shown for the 6 days following ...
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