Mr Victor George Thomas Rickman

For Gallantry: British Empire Medal Mr V.G.T. Rickman His Majesty the King has been graciously please to award the British Empire Medal to Mr Victor George Thomas Rickman, 39 Brooklyn Road, Bromley, in recognition of his gallant conduct and good service on the occasion of the enemy attack on London last April. During the __ a high explosive bomb wrecked a shelter and three embers of the Southern Railway staff were killed and four badly injured. Mr Rickman is a clerk at Blackfriars good station.  With him on the night…

Private Patrick Joseph Reynolds: Death

Private Patrick Reynolds had previously been reported as missing in the Bromley & District Times newspaper on the 19th July 1940.  Read article here > Death of Prisoner of War Private P.J. Reynolds Private Patrick J. Reynolds, royal West Kent Regiment, after having been officially reported as missing since May 20, 1940, has now been reported as having died while a prisoner of war.  his parents, Mr and Mrs J.P. Reynolds, of Bickley Crescent, have received official notification to that effect. Private Reynolds, who was the second son of Mr…

Mortimer Family

Notable Family Record Father and Seven Sons Serving Mrs Mortimer, of 120 Homesdale Road, Bromley, gave to a Kentish Times reporter some particulars of her family’s exceptionally fine record of service for King and Country. Mr and Mrs Mortimer lived in Croft Road for nearly 20 years.  They have had 13 children, and there are 11 living – seven sons and four daughters.  The two eldest are twin sons, Horace Mortimer (who has a family of nine children), and Leslie Mortimer (who has 10 children). Three other sons are married,…

William Noel Hickmott

Lance Bombardier William Noel Hickmott was the son of Thomas William and Beatrice Hickmott of Bromley.  He married Amy Rabbeth in 1932 and had four children; William (1932), Sheila & Maureen (1935) and Ann (1937). William was part of the Royal Horse Artillery, 2 Regiment (Servie no. 1089687). He died on the 9th May 1943 and is buried at Massicault War Cemetery in Tunisia. After William’s death, Amy married Timothy O’Brien in 1945. Lance-Bombardier W. N. Hickmott Mrs W. N. Hickmott, 19 Mosul Way, Bromley Common, has been notified that her husband,…

Private E. Brooker

Prisoners of War Private E. Brooker News has been received that Private E. Brooker of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps, son of the late Mr James Brooker and Mrs Brooker, of 19 Chatterton Road, Bromley, is a prisoner of ward in Japanese hands at Camp Malai. Private E. Brooker joined His Majesty’s Forces in 1940 and was in Singapore when it capitulated and no news had been heard of him for 15 months.  He was educated at Raglan Road and Bromley Common Schools. Private Brooker has two other brothers serving,…

The Brothers Lee, 1941

Three sons of Mr. and Mrs. Lee. of 98 Bromley Common (Hook Farm) are serving in the forces. Private Cyril Lee (22), Oxford and Bucks Regiment was educated at Raglan Road School and afterwards employed as a porter at Bickley station,  His is now a prisoner of war in Germany. Sapper Arthur J. Lee, R.E. (28) , was educated at Raglan Road School, and was employed by the London County Council before joining up. Gunner William Lee (30), A.A. Battery, received his education at Raglan Road School, and was afterwards…

The Crisp Brothers

One family from Bromley, Kent saw three of their five sons on active services during World War 2.  This short article, printed in the Bromley & District Times newspaper on the 8th November 1940 (page 5), gives readers an update on their whereabouts. Articles like this are very useful to find when searching family history, as they can give further information about the person such as military regiments, schools attended and where they were employed prior to signing up.  As well as names of other family members.   Our Service Families…

Private Albert Boxall

Prisoner of War Mr  and Mrs A. Boxall, of 38 Holbrook Way, Bromley, have received recent news from their son, Albert Boxall, who had been a prisoner of war in Germany since May 1940, when he was captured on the Arras front. He was in the Territorial Army before the war, and was called up at the outbreak and stationed in France.  When he was taken prisoner he was only 19. He attended Raglan Road School and was later employed as a gardener. His main hobby was golf, at which…

Harry Ludlow, Seaman

Harry Ludlow was one of three brother serving in the First World War.  He served for the Royal Navy onboard HMS Duncan (c.1914) and then HMS Landrail. He was also an old Boy of Raglan Road School, Bromley Information sourced from the Bromley & District Times 1914-1920 Researched using the FREE database at www.militaryancestors.co.uk

Private Walter Waters

Another of the men of the Royal West Kent Regiment reported missing is Prvate Walter Waters the son of Mr and Mrs J. Waters, 54 Victoria Road, Bromley Common, and husband of Mrs Waters, 26 Mosul Way. He was educated at Raglan Road School and later joined the Territorials.  He was a lorry driver in the employment of the Corporation.  He went to France in the Spring of this year (1940), and the last letter received from him was on May 10. Private and Mrs W. Waters have three young…