Exploring Canada Corner

Exploring Canada Corner Written by Pam Preedy. “If I should die, think only this of me That there’s some corner of a foreign field That is Forever England Rupert Brooke “The Soldier”, 1914 If you take a walk up Church Street to All Saints Church and its graveyard, you’ll find Canada Corner which adjoins the church and is also on the opposite side of the road. In 1912, the old graveyard was becoming too small and an extension was needed. A field, the last field suitable for such a purpose,…

Calling all Murrays!

Are you a descendant of Lesley Cairns Murray? Calling all Murrays! Biggin Hill Memorial Museum is launching a new project to encourage girls to take science and technology courses and is aiming to track down any descendants of a lady called Lesley Cairns Murray (1917-1945). Lesley was educated in Bromley and the Sorbonne in France and, in the early years of the war, she drove ambulances in the Compiegne region of France, dodging the bombs. When the ambulances were evacuated back to England, she joined the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA).…

A Look Back at Orpington Hospital

The outbreak of the First World War n 1914 saw men from all over Britain and the Commonwealth rush to the fight; some ‘on reserve’ re-joined their old regiments and battalions, other joined queues to volunteer, anxious not to miss out as it would ‘be over by Christmas.’ They came from far and wide, including Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Many, having served their time in the regular army, had migrated to try their hand at farming – looking for new opportunities. As we all know, the Great War (1914-1918)…

Arthur James Smith

Presumed Killed Lieutenant A.J. Smith In June 1940, Mrs Smith, 58 Freeland Road, Bromley, received news that her husband, Lieutenant A.J. Smith, The Buffs, was missing, believed killed.  He was serving in France in May of that year, and when last seen was wounded. A communication has now been received by Mrs Smith stating that her husband is presumed to have been killed in action in May 1940. Lieutenant Smith, the son of Mr. W. Smith, 28 north Road, Bromley, served in the last warm and was wounded.  In 9123…

Stephen J. Masters

Missing Lieutenant S.J. Masters, Chislehurst Mr and Mrs C. Masters, of Ridgemount, Leesons, Chislehurst, have been informed by the War Office that their son, Lieutenant Stephen J. Masters, The suffolk Regiment, was serving in Malaya up to the date when Singapore capitulated, an dis posted as missing until some definite information is received.  It is hoped that he may be a prisoner of war. Lieutenant Masters was educated at Eltham College, where he was a good all-round sportsman.  On leaving school he joined the Royal Exchange Assurance.  He enlisted in…

The Spanish Flu 1919-20 [TALK]

Pam Preedy to give a talk about the 1919/20 Spanish Flu Pandemic Learn about the terrible epidemic that swept the world in this fascinating talk by Pam Preedy. This talk traces the first outbreaks of influenza in America and the spread of this deadly wave eastwards across Europe to India and beyond. It looks at the symptoms, precautions, treatment and search for a vaccination, followed by case studies of soldiers who died of the disease. Tuesday 7th December 4:30pm – 5:30pm Bromley Central Library To book your free place call the…

Bert Whitehead

Prisoner of War Private Bert Whitehead Private Bert Whitehead, son of Mr and Mrs J. Whitehead, 13 Holbrook Way, Bromley, is a prisoner of war in Germany at Stalag XXB 34. He is 23 years of age, and has had three birthdays away from home.  His parents hear from him regularly, and he appears to be well and cheerful. Born in Bromley, Private Whitehead was educated at Bromley Common (Holy Trinity) School, when Mr E.C. De’Ath (now a member of the Town Council) was head master, and afterwards at Raglan…

Nurse K.E. Stacey

Nurse from Green Street Green awarded for her services to The Red Cross during World War One The Royal Red Cross The distinction of being the only trained nurse to go abroad from the village of Green Street Green during the war belongs to Miss K.E. Stacey, eldest daughter of the late Mr James Stacey of Green Street Green, and on Wednesday last week, at Maidstone, in recognition of very valuable work, she was decorated with the Royal Red Cross, 2nd Class. Sister Stacey, who served in Malta and Salonika,…

Mrs Fraser-Harris joins Munition Making at 62

62 year old lady proves she’s just as capable as her younger counterparts Munition Making at 62 Lady Workers’ 10 Hours a Day At a local factory engaged on Government work, a well educated and widely travelled lady of 62 has, for the last five months, been working from eight in the morning until a quarter to seven at night on a drilling machine. She is Mrs Eleanor Fraser-Harris, who has left her charming home in Maresfield, Sussex, in order that she may live near near work. In an interview…

Driver A.E. Stagg

Prisoner of War at Stalag, Germany Driver A. E. Stagg Mr and Mrs Stagg, of 23 Pope Road, Bromley, have received news that their son, Driver Albert Edward Stagg, aged 22, of the R.A.S.C. is a prisoner of war at Stalag VIIIB, in Germany, where many other of our local lads are confined. Driver Stagg is an old boy of Raglan Road school and before the war he was employed in the outfitting department of the South Suburban Co-Operative at Chatterton Road, Bromley and later at Sevenoaks.  He was called…