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100 Day Soldier Challenge

We set ourselves a challenge to highlight the lives of 100 different military personnel who fought in either World War 1 or World War 2 to celebrate these forgotten British War Heroes.

The majority of soldiers and nurses had featured in the Bromley Times newspaper between 1914 and 1944.

This idea was inspired by the wonderful Captain Sir Thomas Moore, a British veteran himself, who we felt would have approved of this challenge.

We hope you will enjoy seeing the faces, and that some may even find out a little bit more about an ancestor of yours.

100 day hero challenge

Sergeant A E Smith

Originally from West Wickham (Kent), Smith was a member of the Royal Engineers. During WW1 he was with the first troops forming the British Expeditionary Force and was part of the first British troops to land in France.
Albert Ludlow

Albert Ludlow

Originally from Bromley (Kent), Ludlow was a member of the Territorials Force with the Royal West Kent Regiment.
Signalman Charles Clark

Signalman Charles Clark

Charles Clark from Bromley (Kent) was a signalman with the Royal Navy. He was reported 'lost at sea' following an explosion which destroyed HMS Bulwark on 29th November 1914.
Gordon Ewart Thatcher

Gordon Ewart Thatcher

Thatcher was a petty officer on the Destroyer "Cherwell". He was originally from Bromley (Kent) and was one of five brothers.
Harry Charles Eldridge

Harry Robert Eldridge

Private Eldridge came from St Marys Cray and was reported as missing in the Bromley & District Times newspaper in July 1940. He was part of the Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment.

Frank Offin

Private Frank Offin of Bromley (Kent) served in the Royal West Kent Regiment, stationed at Purfleet.
Hugh Bertram Neely

Hugh Bertram Neely

Neely was a 2nd Lieutenant with the 3rd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. He as from Bromley (Kent), but sadly died on the battlefield of Ypres in April 1915, aged just 26 years old.

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