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World War 1

Whilst trawling through the newspapers of 1914-1919, Pam has come across many interesting articles which give us an insight into life both at the front line as well as back at home.

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Bromley Battlefield - Footsteps to the Past

Council Sets up Battlefield Scene to Help Raise Funds for the War

FEEDING THE GUN ON BROMLEY’S BATTLEFIELD “No Man’s Land” from the Trenches £70,000 raised: How the Money Came in In ...
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Measles

War Naturally Affected the Birth-Rate in a Most Alarming Manner

On 4th October 1918, there was a report in the Bromley & District Times on a CHILD WELFARE EXHIBITION 'An ...
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ladies drinking tea

Warning to take your own Tea on Holiday with you

In 1918 the Ministry of Food proved it cared about its nations love of Tea after sending a message out ...
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Children picking blackberries

Children to be paid to pick Blackberries

Blackberries - Children to get 3d. A lb for picking A discussion took place on the subject of blackberries for ...
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Great Demonstration on the 4th Anniversary of the War, 1918

With the entry of the American troops, fresh and ready for the fight, in April, 1918 and the failure of ...
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They came to Britain, looking for safety…

Repatriation of Belgian Refugees During World War 1, it is estimated that Britain was home to almost 250,000 Belgian refugees, ...
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How OXO helped Strengthen the Home Front

In 1840 a German chemist, by the name of Baron Justus von Liebig (1803-1873), invented meat extract through his Extract of ...
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Phosferine-advert

Phosferine Advert

Another example of the type of advert used by Phosferine to advert their product, whereby they use the recommendation of ...
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Do you like the boots? Bon Marché fashion

This advert for the Bon Marché store in Brixton appeared in the Bromley & District Times in early January 1917.  ...
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Are you a lover of Sardines?

My husband love sardines, so this advert would have appealed to him ...
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Cyder - the Ideal Summer beverage

Is this the Ideal Summer Beverage?

Would an advert like this, as featured in the Bromley & District Times in July 1918, made you go out ...
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Zam-buk advert - Allotments

Don’t run any risk with Allotment cuts & brusies – Use Zam-Buk

The popularity of allotments at this time meant many could be liable to small scratches and cuts, which could quickly ...
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risotto-in-bianco

Italian Recipes for Meatless Days – Risotto in Bianco

Another recipe that appeared in the Bromley & District Times in January 1917, was this simple Risotto in Bianco, which ...
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Gnocchi alla Romana

Italian Recipes for Meatless Days – Gnocchi alla Romana

By 1917, certain foods were in short supply, especially meat, wheat for bread, butter and sugar.  Here is a recipe ...
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Local schools finally acquire land for gardening purposes

Gardening at Bickley Schools Bickley and Widmore schools reported that at last it was possible to acquire a piece of ...
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Strong Protest by Butchers as to the Fair Distribution of Meat

The Meat Supply: Strong Protest by Butchers Supported by Committee The question of the quality of the meat now being ...
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No ration card required

In 1918, the British government set out new laws introducing the rationing of certain food; Sugar, meat, flour, butter, margarine and ...
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Why do the British love to Queue?

I really like this advertisement to encourage people to queue in an orderly fashion for the trains and buses. It ...
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advert for Rego

Trailblazing iconic fashion of the 1940s

Although we look back at the 1940's and think of it as a decade of mostly war and hardship, it ...
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3 looks for the Bromley Fashionistas – c.1918-style

For the lady of fashion in June - So elegant! The latest fashions brought to you from Sainsbury's in June 1918 ...
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New Suit or a Chocolate Egg for Easter?

How times have changed. I doubt very much that you would see an advert like this in the local newspaper ...
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Top Easter Fashions in 1918 from Sainsbury’s

So if you walking around the shops in 1918, these would have been the fashion statements that were on offer ...
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Wearing Furs

Fur Coats, Fur Trimmed Coats, Cloth Coats, Furs and Millnery. In October 1917, the shops were advertising winter wear. Fur, ...
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Places of recreation for soldiers in 1917

A BROMLEY EFFORT We hear on all hands of the splendid work done by Army Huts at the Front, and ...
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Soldiers Entertained

This extract, taken from the Bromley & District Times, 6th September, 1918 [pg 5] and gives an account of an ...
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Pantomime time in Penge

Christmas and the New Year are traditionally pantomime times. On January 5th the Penge Empire were showing Little Red Riding ...
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“Dominion Day” at Orpington

Ontario Military Hospital Carnival It was “Dominion Day” at Orpington on the 1st inst., and a successful and largely attended ...
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Silent Films

On 9th February, 1917, the showing of the silent film, Davy Crockett was advertised; a magnificent drama in five parts ...
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Letters sent to the local newspaper from soldiers serving on the Front Line

Article from the Bromley & District Times newspaper featuring the Earl of Woolton, 1941

Complaints about Food Waste, 1941

Looks like complaints about food waste is not a new phenomenon.  Although it seems comical now, this complaint printed in the Bromley & District newspaper ...
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TRIBUTE TO CIVIL DEFENCE SERVICES

To the Editor Sir,- I should much like to express through the medium of your paper, our deep appreciation of the great work being done ...
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Tea-Time Gossip

As written in the Bromley & District News on 27th September, 1940 (page 2) Under the Bed A near-by A.A. gun of terrific calibre has ...
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A Trench View of Air Raids & Reprisals

20th July 1917, page 5 A TRENCH VIEW OF AIR RAIDS AND REPRISALS Sergeant J Gutteridge, of Bromley, was never a pessimist, as our readers ...
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I came to think of him as a ‘friend’ – Letters of Gutteridge

From the beginning of 1917, letters from John Gutteridge rarely appear in the paper. Whether this was because there were more pressing matters report such ...
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The boys did justice to the food provided by the Colonel

26th January 1918, page 2 STILL CHEERY AND BRIGHT Sergeant Gutteridge, of the West Kents, writes home another of his cheerful letters , in which ...
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Portrait of Alfred Haffenden

Gunner Alfred Haffenden

Alfred Haffenden was the son of George Haffenden, of Eastbourne, and husband to Mrs E. A. Haffenden, of 10 Albert ...
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Mr H G Milstead, 1915

Mr H.G. Milstead

Whilst working for the Standard Bank in Mombasa, Mr H.G. Milstead became the South Africa correspondent for the Bromley & ...
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Private Ernest W Bridgen

Private Ernest W. Brigden

Private Ernest W. Brigden was serving with the Worcestershire Regiment when he was killed action in November 1914, aged 22. His ...
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Harry Ludlow

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 ...
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Guardsman James Williams

Guardsman James Williams

James Williams was the son of Mr & Mrs Frank Williams of 4 Lily Cottages Swanley, Kent, and brother to ...
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Private Frederick Norman Ayles

Private Frederick Norman Ayles

Private Frederick Ayles was an old boy of Aylesbury Road School.  His mother (a widow) lived on Simpson Road, Bromley ...
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Gunner WH King_1914

Gunner W H King

Son of William Henry and Eliza King, of 17 New England Road, Brighton, King was a Bromley postman and Captain ...
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Private T Smith_1914

Private T Smith, 1914

This is Private T. Smith who served in the First World War.  I want to link him to the correct ...
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Private John Ludlow

Private John Ludlow

Private John Ludlow was one of three brothers serving in the First World War.  He was a member of the Army ...
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Lieutenant L M Powell

Lieutenent L M Powell

Second Lieutenant L.M. Powell, of Chislehurst was killed in action on 17th June 1915.  He is listed on the Commonwealth War ...
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Amos David John Friend

Amos David John Friend

Amos D J Friend a member of the Royal Field Artillery. Son of Mr Alfred Friend and brother to Horace ...
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Horace Alfred Thomas Friend

Horace A T Friend

Horace Alfred Thomas Friend was the son of Mr Alfred Friend and brother to Amos D J Friend. He was ...
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