Basham Brothers Missing, 1942

Basham Brothers Missing in Action It must have been bad enough having one son go missing in action, but it must have been almost unbearable having two.  This article featured in the Bromley & District Times local newspaper, reporting on two brothers who were reported missing after the fall of Singapore in 1942. The brothers were the sons of Benjamin and Rose Basham of Bromley.  Bennett Thomas Basham was married to Constance Elsie (of Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk) who was living with his mother during the war. Both brothers were members…

Mr David Waite in Singapore

Missing in Singapore David Stanley Waite was the son of Harold & Margaret Waite of 22 Woodlands Way, West Wickham.   He married Margaret Greenhalgh in Bromley in 1934. After studying at the London University School of Journalism, he worked for several years in Fleet Street, and was for some years on the staff at the Kentish Times.  In 1935 David left England for Japan where he joined the Straits Times as a sub-editor.  He was then only 25 years old. He wife Margaret, joined him in Singapore and they had…

Albert Bailey

Some time since we reported that no news had been received since Christmas, 1914, of Lance-Corporal Albert Bailey, son of Mr Bailey of Pound Place, Eltham.  Although from his long silence the worst was feared, hope was not entirely given up, and his brother in Roper Street, Eltham, addressed inquiries to the German authorities, in the hope that he was a prisoner.  the only reply has now come back that nothing is known of him in Germany, and it is not to be concluded that he was killed. Lance-Corporal Bailey,…

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, and is 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…

Albert Henry Jennings

Leading Stoker A. H. Jennings Leading-Stoker Albert Henry Jennings, aged 22, who is among the missing, is a brother of Mr C. Jennings, newsagent, of Russell Place, Horns Cross, with whom he made his home. He was home on leave shortly before Christmas, having served for the previous ten months without leave. Source: Bromley & District Times, 

Arthur Bellringer

Corproal Bellringer Councillor’s Son Missing at Singapore Corporal Arthur Bellringer R.A.S.C.. second son of Councillor Mrs Bellringer, of West Wickham, is officially reported missing at Singapore.  The official intimation, however, gives some ground for hoping that he is a prisoner of war. On April 20 – several days after the War Office message – Mrs Bellringer received a letter from her son.  It was dated January 10 and stated: “We are still at sea, but only for one more day; in fact, when this letter is posted you will know…

W. J. Bennett, Acting Leading Seaman

Missing Acting Leading Seaman W. J. Bennett  Acting Leading-Seaman W.J. Bennett, who has been posted missing, is the son of Mr and Mrs Bennett, 41 Gundolph Road, Bromley. He joined the Royal Navy after leaving the Royal Naval School, Greenwich, and was at Singapore when the Japanese captured that place.  Every endeavour is being made to ascertain what has happened to him and others left behind at Singapore. They may be prisoners of war.  Mr and Mrs Bennett have had a letter from the British Red Cross Society and Order…

Squadron Leader Henry Charles Shaw Page

Henry Charles Shaw Page (known as Harry) was the only son of West Wickham Rector Charles Alexander Shaw Page and Beatrice Ellen Page, ; and husband to Nancy Mary Heather Page, of Retford, Nottinghamshire. Having served in the Middlesex Regiment, he later joined Squadron 61 of the RAF. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross in 1941 for his part in numerous raids over Germany and was promoted to Squadron Leader that same year. Sadly after being reported as missing, he was later found to have died on 31st January 1942,…

Flying Officer Ross James

Roll of Honour MISSING. Hero who raided Berlin A fortnight ago we announced that the Distinguished Flying Cross had been awarded to Flying Officer Ross James, R.A.F., son of Mr and Mrs H.J. James, of 20 The Mead, West Wickham. Since then official intimation has been received that Flying Officer James is missing after operations over Germany. This popular young officer, who is only 27, had taken part in more than thirty raids over Germany including Berlin, and he had flown “Flying Fortresses” across the Atlantic. He belonged to the…