Robert Edward Mockridge was the son of Thomas Edward and Elizabeth Mockridge of Shortlands, and married Grace Kezia Mockridge of Waldo Road, Bromley.
At the time of the 1911 Census, Robert Mockridge (aged 31) was listed as a milk roundsman, and was living with Grace (the aged 24) and their 3 year old son Robert. Clearly more children followed prior to the first world war starting.
Robert was killed in action in September 1918 and was buried at Gomiecourt South Cemetery, Gomiecourt, Department du Pas-de-Calais. The following report of his death appeared in the local Bromley Times newspaper.
Gunner R.E. Mockridge
Much sympathy is felt with Mrs Mockridge, of Bromley Gardens, who has received new that her husband, Gunner Robert Edward Mockridge, was killed in action in France on September 2nd. The news was conveyed in a letter from the Major of his battery, in which that officer says:-
He was struck on the head by a piece of shell and killed instantaneously. The whole battery greatly regret his loss, and sympathise with you in your trouble. Personally, although I had not been many months with the battery, I had a very high opinion of your husband, and the cheerful, conscientious way in which he performed all his duties. It will be a consolation to you, perhaps , to know that he died painlessly, and gave his life for his country.
Gunner Mockridge, who was 38 years of age, joined the R.F.A. (Royal Field Artillery) in December, 1914, and after training, went to France in July, 1915. He has taken part in fierce fighting during his three years’ service in France and Flanders, having been at Ypres, Amiens, and Cambrai. He came home on leave in May, 1916, and again in October, 1917, and was expected home shortly. Before joining the Forces Gunner Mockridge was with Messrs. Welford’s, High Street, Bromley, as roundsman for eleven years, previous to which he worked for Messrs. Shillcock and Sons, chemists , High Street. He came to Bromley when a boy, his parents having lived for some years at Recreation Road, Shortlands. His widow is left with three children.
Bromley & District Times, 13th September, 1918 (page 5)