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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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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Advert for Sunlight flakes which featured in teh Bromley Times newspaper in 1942

Sunlight Flakes: Advert

Happy Thoughts of Sunlight What fun it was! The cheerful buzz of holiday folk enjoying themselves. The surf ...
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Portrait of Gillian Lorne Campbell

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, ...
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Newspaper article from 1942 featuring a photo fo the HM Destroyers Sikh which was to become Beckenham's own was ship

Beckenham’s Own War Ship

Make this Beckenham's Own Destroyer Sikh's Glorious Record Beckenham's Warship Week starts on Saturday February 21st [1942]. This ...
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Soldier being poured a cup of OXO

A Home Guard Against Winter Chills

Another advert for OXO which was published in the Bromley & District Times newspaper during the 1940's. Read ...
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Rector of West Wickham Leaving: 1942

Rev. Charles A. S. Page was the Rector of West Wickham for nearly 12 years, before he moved ...
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Portrait of Squadron Leader Henry Charles Shaw Page from Bromley

Squadron Leader Henry Charles Shaw Page

Henry Charles Shaw Page (known as Harry) was the only son of West Wickham Rector Charles Alexander Shaw ...
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Shopkeepers re-planning their delivery services

Advert article which featured in the local Bromley Times newspaper in February 1942 from the Ministry of War ...
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