Shopkeepers re-planning their delivery services

Advert article which featured in the local Bromley Times newspaper in February 1942 from the Ministry of War Transport, Ministry of Food and the Board of Trade. Why shopkeepers are re-planning their delivery services to you Shopkeepers are re-planning their delivery services to customers to bring final victory nearer.  For this self-same reason, shoppers are being asked to carry their shopping home. By supporting their scheme to the full shoppers may be putting themselves to some inconvenience.  But those who help have satisfaction of knowing that their efforts, coupled with…

Paper Salvage Competition: 1942

Following on from Bromley’s waste salvage drive in September 1941, a competition was set up to encourage more salvage of paper from the people of Bromley and the surrounding areas.  It appeal to both homes and workplaces, as well as clubs, schools, hospitals and shops to search everywhere, for what means of paper waste they could find. This advert appears in the Bromley Times in January 1942. First Prize £500 Will you help Bromley to win it? £500 will be given to National National and Local Charities, if, for the…

Further Education Courses during 1942

The country may have been at war, but that didn’t stop Kent Education Committee from running Further Education courses in 1942.  This advert appeared in the Bromley & District Times in January 1942 advertising to the districts of Bromley, Beckenham and Penge. The courses and classes they ran comprised of Building, Engineering and Commercial subjects in preparation for National Certificates Courses for Air Training Corps, for both Bromley (no. 228) and Beckenham (no. 386) Recreative Classes in Physical Training and Dancing, Music and drama etc. Art and Craft Classes Source:…

Bromley’s Christmas Games – 1941

Holiday Football Home Guard Overwhelmed On Christmas Day Bromley met the local Home Guard in a friendly match at Hayes Lane, Bromley.  The match resulted in an overwhelming victory for Bromley 15-1. McMillan scored no fewer than five times, and the match caused much entertainment to the spectators.  Several Bromley players were claimed by the Home Guard, and Bromley selected four R.A.F. players for inclusion in their forward line. Bromley – Gunner, Stone, Allinson, Marshall, Holder, Tasker, Gardner, Osman, Fowler Champion, McMillan. Home Guard: Tanner, Reeves, Clark, Smedley Wade, Smith,…

Members of the Coney Hall Sports Social Club around the world

From Iceland to Suez Members of the Coney Hall Sports Social and Athletic Club are serving with the forces in various parts of the . Mr Frank Keenor, secretary of the club, told the Kentish Times: “Some of our lads are in Iceland.  One of our members, Lieutenant Laurence King, R.E., was married at Bognor Regis last week.  Recently six of our boys serving in the East in different units met by accident and arranged to have a day in Alexandria together.  The half-dozen included Ron White, captain of our…

Flying Officer Albert Cyril Batt

Gallant Conduct Flying Officer A.C. Batt, R.AF.V.R., Commended The gallant conduct of Flying Officer Albert Cyril Batt, R.A.F.A.R., on the night of April 16, when the Odeon Cinema, Bromley was damaged by enemy action has been recognised by his Majesty the King. The calm manner in which he handled the situation and prevented fires from surrounding buildings spreading to the cinema set at fine example to those around him. Mr Herbert Morrison felt that his resource and initiative were deserving of high praise, and the King has been graciously pleased…

Amazing Ordeal of Two Local Airmen

Blazing Bomber 12,000 Feet up Fought fire over Germany for three hours THEN 57 HOURS ON SEA WASHED ASHORE IN RUBBER DINGHY A gallant young wireless operator whose home is at Bickley, Sergeant John Barry Holdsworth, third son of Mr and Mrs GK. Holdsworth, of Wellsfield, Denbridge Road, was one of the crew of the Wellington Bomber who were washed up in their rubber dinghy on the Isle of Wight at Ventnor after a heavy raid on the German capital a fortnight ago. Another gallant member of the crew was…

Kent men in Iceland appeal for more games

Kent Men in Iceland Games of all kinds needed Appeal by the W.V.S. Bromleian’s impressios of the island There are a fair number of Bromley men among the British troops in Iceland.  In this island of the North Atlantic ocean, the extreme northerly point of which is touched by the Artic Circle, the summers are short and the winters long, and what the men need especially are games of all kinds. Source: Bromley & District Times, November 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 Croft was appointed by Winston Churchill as Under-Secretary of State for War, a post he would hold until July 1945. In October 1941, Lord Croft visited Bromley and watched over a gun crew at work. Source: Bromley & District Times, 17th October 1941 (page 5)

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 part in a ladies’ procession on Thursday, last week, to further the fortnight’s salvage campaign in Bromley, which technically closed on Saturday. —- A tableau in the Women’s Procession as it passed the Municipal Buildings, where the salute was appropriately taken by the Deputy-Mayor, Councillor Margaret Stafford Smith. Source: Bromley & District Times, 3rd October 1941 (page 5)