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 published in the Bromley & District Times in the October, in the hope that some readers might recognise the men featured. It does featured one Lance-Corporal Eric Arthur Eagles, of the Royal West Kent Regiment who resided at 70 Cumberland Road, Bromley, who had been reported as a prisoner of war in Germany.  In the photo Lance-Corporal Eagles is standing at the back on the extreme left. Source: Bromley & District Times, 31st…

Cigarettes for Prisoners of War

Rooms at Rothwell, Sundridge Avenue are used five days a week by the workers, who number a hundred, most of whom are volunteers. Miss N.L. Spicer is the manager of the Centre with Miss Galloway, head storekeeper, and Mrs Ford Hutchinson, assistant storekeeper. Seen by a Kentish Times representative, Miss Spicer, who is the daughter of Mr Leonard Spicer, 20 Orchard Way, and the late Mrs Spicer gave some interesting particulars of the useful piece of war work tat is being done in bringing consolation to the brave men of…

Penny-a-Week fund

One of the most successful ways of obtaining money during World War 2 was through the Penny-a-Week fund.  The fund was set up through a joint venture between the British Red Cross and St Johns to raise vital funds. The scheme worked by a voluntary contribution by wage earners of one penny per week, to be deducted from their pay.  During the Second World War the average weekly wage was about £10.  The funds was then supplemented by collecting cards and house-to-house collections. Within six months of the scheme being…

Prisoners of War from the Royal West Kent Regiment

Officers of the Royal West Kent Regiment Mrs Watts, of Shepherds Lane, Dartford, wife of Lieutenant-Quartermaster Watts, received the photograph of officers of the Royal West Kent Regiment who were prisoners of war in Germany. The photograph was taken in June, 1940. Watts had been anxious for news from home, and said that letters were now being received. Captain W Earle Edwards, son-in-law of Alderman W A Ward, Deputy Mayor of Dartford. Back Row: Lieutenant Kennedy and Captain Denham (Bexley) Middle Row: Captain W Edwards, Major Clout, Lieutenant-Quartermaster Watts (Dartford)…