Lieutenant Gerald E. Combe

Lieutenant Gerald Edward Combe was the son of Herbert Walter and Mildred Eleanor Combe, of Bromley, Kent.  He was killed in action on the 27th May 1940, aged just 23 years, and is commemorated at Le Grand Hasard Military Cemetery in Morbecque, France. Killed in Action Lieutenant G. E. CombeLieutenant Gerald E. Combe, of The Queen’s Own, Royal West Kent Regiment, previously missing, is now officially reported killed in action in Belgium in May, 1940. He was the younger son of Mr and Mrs H.W. Combe, of Elmbank Hotel, Sundridge…

Second-Lieutenant Terence Thorpe-Woods

As reported in the Bromley & District Times on 6th September 1940, another soldier is reported as a Prisoner of War. Prisoner of War Second Lieutenant Terence Thorpe-Woods, son of Mr H. Thorpe-Woods of Quantocks, Willow Grove, Chislehurst, who has been missing in France since May 21, has now been officially reported as a prisoner of war in Germany.   He was a member of the staff of the Union-Castle Mail Steamship Company, and was gazetted to the Queen’s Own Regiment at the beginning of the war. Are you a…

Private Harry Robert Eldridge of St Mary Cray

Private Harry Robert Eldridge was reported as missing in the Bromley & District Times on 19th July 1940, however a search of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission doesn’t list him in their war dead. Private Harry Robert Eldridge of the Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment, third son of Mr and Mrs E. Eldridge of 23 Albert Road St Mary Cray, is reported as missing. Private Eldridge, who is 20 years of age, was fighting in France during the early weeks of June.  He began school at Wellington Road Junior…

Private Frederick William Turrell , of St Marys Cray

Missing in Action Private W. Turrell, of St Mary Cray Mrs Turrell, of 42 Bridge Road, St Mary Cray, has been informed by the War Office that her husband, Private Frederick William Turrell, of the Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment, has been reported missing.  In February, when Mrs Turrell was ill in hospital, her husband was granted special leave to visit her, and that was the last time she saw him. Before joining the West Kents over three years ago, Private Turrell was employed at the Marlborough Bakeries, Petts…