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 Road School (under Mr, W. Piffle-Phelps). Afterwards he worked for a newsagent in Pope Road, and in October 1939, he joined the Dorsetshire Regiment.
While at Raglan Road School he was a keen member of the football team, and played in goal when they won the shield. In the Scouts he was a Second Patrol Leader.
Mr and Mrs, Whitehead’s elder son, Mr Edgar John Whitehead, was killed during a raid in January, 1941, while on duty in the City Police. The two daughters, Vera May and Evelyn, are in the A.T.S.
Bromley & District Times, 20th March 1942, page 5