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Basham Brothers Missing, 1942

Basham Brothers Missing, 1942

Basham Brothers Missing in Action It must have been bad enough having one son go missing in action, but it …

Mr David Waite in Singapore

Mr David Waite in Singapore

Missing in Singapore David Stanley Waite was the son of Harold & Margaret Waite of 22 Woodlands Way, West Wickham.  …

Ronald Frederick Leonard Tong

Ronald Frederick Leonard Tong

Pilot Officer Awarded The Distinguished Flying Cross  Pilot Officer R.F.L. Tong Among a number of awards approved by the King …

Thomas Holloway

Thomas Holloway

Sergeant Thomas Holloway Chislehurst Sergeant’s Letter Sergeant Thomas Holloway, R.A.F., of 11 Church row, Chislehurst, who has been a prisoner …

Prisoners of Singapore (WW2)

Prisoners of Singapore (WW2)

Singapore Prisoners of War During World War II, following the Fall of Singapore in February 1942, the Japanese military held …

Albert Bailey

Albert Bailey

Some time since we reported that no news had been received since Christmas, 1914, of Lance-Corporal Albert Bailey, son of …

Arthur James Smith

Arthur James Smith

Presumed Killed Lieutenant A.J. Smith In June 1940, Mrs Smith, 58 Freeland Road, Bromley, received news that her husband, Lieutenant …

Stephen J. Masters

Stephen J. Masters

Missing Lieutenant S.J. Masters, Chislehurst Mr and Mrs C. Masters, of Ridgemount, Leesons, Chislehurst, have been informed by the War …

Bert Whitehead

Bert Whitehead

Prisoner of War Private Bert Whitehead Private Bert Whitehead, son of Mr and Mrs J. Whitehead, 13 Holbrook Way, Bromley, …

Nurse K.E. Stacey

Nurse K.E. Stacey

Nurse from Green Street Green awarded for her services to The Red Cross during World War One The Royal Red …

Driver A.E. Stagg

Driver A.E. Stagg

Prisoner of War at Stalag, Germany Driver A. E. Stagg Mr and Mrs Stagg, of 23 Pope Road, Bromley, have …

Albert Henry Jennings

Albert Henry Jennings

Leading Stoker A. H. Jennings Leading-Stoker Albert Henry Jennings, aged 22, who is among the missing, is a brother of …

Arthur Bellringer

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, …

W. J. Bennett, Acting Leading Seaman

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 …

Wedding: Edgar Hewett and Miss Harrington

Wedding: Edgar Hewett and Miss Harrington

The wedding of Lieutenant Edgar Alfred Robert Hewett, only son of Mr and Mrs Alfred Hewett, of Woodlands, Swanley, and …

Private AG Sales

Private AG Sales

Killed in Action Private A.G. Sales, of the 3rd Monmouth, who enlisted on August 30th, 1914, went to the Front …

Private Harry Gordon Symonds

Private Harry Gordon Symonds

Private Harry Gordon Symonds was a member of the 11th Battalion Middlesex Regiment, and died on the 5th March 1916, …

Wedding of Mason & Lovely

Wedding of Mason & Lovely

Mr T.G. Mason and Miss Valerie Lovely Mr Thomas George Mason, only son of Mr and Mrs J.T. Mason, of …

Wedding of Hook & Ryan

Wedding of Hook & Ryan

Flight-Lieut Hook, RAF and Miss Ryan Flight-Lieutenant Robin Hook, RAF, only son of Mr and Mrs E.M. Hook, of The …

Wedding of Dr. Doobie & Miss Schooling

Wedding of Dr. Doobie & Miss Schooling

Dr David N. Dobbie and Miss H.E.M. Schooling Interest was aroused in Bromley on Saturday by the Wedding at St …

Wedding Anniversary: Gunton

Wedding Anniversary: Gunton

Former Mayor and Mayoress of Bromley Celebrate golden Wedding Anniversary Mr and Mrs C.H. Gunton Honoured residents of Bromley who …

A/F/L Gillian Lorne Campbell

A/F/L Gillian Lorne Campbell

Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross Acting Flight Lieutenant Gillian Lorne Campbell, R.A.F.V.T. Acting Flight Lieutenant Gillian Lorne Campbell, R.A.F.V.T., 272 …

Rector of West Wickham Leaving: 1942

Rector of West Wickham Leaving: 1942

Rev. Charles A. S. Page was the Rector of West Wickham for nearly 12 years, before he moved onto Hawkinge …

Squadron Leader Henry Charles Shaw Page

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 …

Prisoners of War: 1942

Prisoners of War: 1942

Prisoners of War Do you know anyone here?These are men of the Royal West Kent Regiment who are prisoners of …

Lieutenant Kenneth J. Amos

Lieutenant Kenneth J. Amos

Lieut. K.J. Amos Awarded MBE (Military Divsion) Lieutenant (temporary captain) Kenneth John Amos, Royal Corps of Signals, is among those …

The Foxwell Brothers

The Foxwell Brothers

In this article we focus on the Foxwell family, who resided in the Keston area of Bromley during the second …

Mr Victor George Thomas Rickman

Mr Victor George Thomas Rickman

For Gallantry: British Empire Medal Mr V.G.T. Rickman His Majesty the King has been graciously please to award the British …

F/O Harold Sydney Mellows

F/O Harold Sydney Mellows

Flying Officer H.S. Mellows West Wickham Rotarians stood in silence at their meeting on Monday in tribute to the memory …

William Page & Margaret Holder: Wedding

William Page & Margaret Holder: Wedding

The perfect romance It seems this was the perfect romance.  In the 1939 Register, William Page, then living at 17 …

Flying Officer Albert Cyril Batt

Flying Officer Albert Cyril Batt

Gallant Conduct Flying Officer A.C. Batt, R.AF.V.R., Commended The gallant conduct of Flying Officer Albert Cyril Batt, R.A.F.A.R., on the …

Is Your Boy here? Prisoners of War, 1941

Is Your Boy here? Prisoners of War, 1941

This group photo of soldiers being held in a prisoner of war camp in Germany in 1941, was published in …

Royal West Kent Regiment: Prisoners of War

Royal West Kent Regiment: Prisoners of War

In a German Prison Camp A group of officers of the Royal West Kent Regiment at Camp Oflag VII., C,. …

Rifleman Robert Leo Rockall: Wedding

Rifleman Robert Leo Rockall: Wedding

Mr R.L. Rockall and Miss Elsie L. Williams The wedding took place on Saturday at St Mary’s Church, Plaistow, of …

Captain Quentin B. Hurst: Killed in Action

Captain Quentin B. Hurst: Killed in Action

Captain Quentin Hurst, the Rifle Brigade, previously reported as missing, is now known to have been killed in action on …

Acting F/L Hugh William Eliot

Acting F/L Hugh William Eliot

For Gallentry Acting Light-Lieutenant H.W. Eliot AWARDED DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS The Distinguished Flying Cross has been awarded to Acting Flight-Lieutenant …

Private Patrick Joseph Reynolds: Death

Private Patrick Joseph Reynolds: Death

Private Patrick Reynolds had previously been reported as missing in the Bromley & District Times newspaper on the 19th July …

Harry Charles Shaw Page

Harry Charles Shaw Page

Promotion for Rector’s Son Squadron Leader Page Flight Lieutenant Harry Charles Shaw Page, D.F.C., only son of Lieutenant-Colonel and Mrs …

Leading Aircraftman Harold Lidster: Wedding

Leading Aircraftman Harold Lidster: Wedding

L/A/C Lidster and Miss M. Fitch The wedding took place at St Luke’s Church on Saturday,  August 30, of L/A/C …

Flying Officer Ross James

Flying Officer Ross James

Roll of Honour MISSING. Hero who raided Berlin A fortnight ago we announced that the Distinguished Flying Cross had been …

Mrs Ethel Augusta Pond

Mrs Ethel Augusta Pond

Recognition for Bravery Red Cross Distinguished War Service Certificate The many friends of Mrs Ethel A. Pond, MBE, Commandant Kent …

Sergeant Peter David Devereux

Sergeant Peter David Devereux

Lost at Sea Sergeant P.D. Devereux, R.A.F. Sergeant Peter David Devereux, aged 22, who has been reported “missing” while on …

Gunner Sydney Bax: Wedding

Gunner Sydney Bax: Wedding

A member of an old Bromley family was married at St John’s, Eden Park, on Saturday, when the bridegroom was …

Squadron-Leader Barrie Heath

Squadron-Leader Barrie Heath

Born in Warwickshire in 1916, Squadron Leader Barrie Heath was a son of Mr G.R. Heath.  He saw active service …

Dr Kenneth Edwin Tapper

Dr Kenneth Edwin Tapper

Awarded the George Medal Dr. Kenneth E. Tapper, O.B.E, Medical Officer of Health for Bromley, and head of the A.P.R. …

Mooney & Cooney

Mooney & Cooney

The Canadian soldiers and airmen were very popular with the girls of the area . I don’t know whether the …

Henry Euler and Miss Jane Bowl

Henry Euler and Miss Jane Bowl

It is such a wonderful moment in family history research when you stumble upon an article, such as a marriage …

Flying Officer Peter E.A. Loat

Flying Officer Peter E.A. Loat

The Battle of Cape Matapan was a Second War engagement between British Imperial and Axis forces, fought from 27–29 March …

Matron Marion Edith Bolton

Matron Marion Edith Bolton

Mottingham George Medallist Mrs Marion Edith Bolton, matron of the Sir Robert Jeffery’s Homes, Mottingham, received from the King, as …

Flying Officer Eric Charles Whitehead

Flying Officer Eric Charles Whitehead

Flying Officer Eric Charles Whitehead was the son of William and Selina Whitehead of Bromley, Kent, and the husband of …

Gunner Horace Charles Baldwin

Gunner Horace Charles Baldwin

One fears for the prisoners taken by the Japanese. Gunner Baldwin was being held in Batavia (Jakarta, Indonesia). Gunner Baldwas …

Mortimer Family

Mortimer Family

The Mortimer Family Notable Family Record Father and Seven Sons Serving Mrs Mortimer, of 120 Homesdale Road, Bromley, gave to …

The Durling Sisters

The Durling Sisters

It wasn’t only sons who helped fight the war in WW2.  Many families with girls were also proud of their …

William Noel Hickmott

William Noel Hickmott

Lance Bombardier William Noel Hickmott was the son of Thomas William and Beatrice Hickmott of Bromley.  He married Amy Rabbeth …

Lieu. (E.W.) Kevin Walton

Lieu. (E.W.) Kevin Walton

Eric William Kevin Walton, known as Kevin Walton, was an officer in the Royal Navy during World War II. Born …

Private E. Brooker

Private E. Brooker

Prisoners of War Private E. Brooker News has been received that Private E. Brooker of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps, …

Private John Bertram Ecott

Private John Bertram Ecott

Private John Bertam Ecott was the son of John Roland and Edith Miriam Ecott, of Bromley, Kent. He volunteered  in …

Boxalls Family

Boxalls Family

Notable Golden Wedding Year Mr and Mrs E.J. Boxall of 28 Nichol Lane, Bromley, who were married exactly 50 years …

Leslie Ralph Eden

Leslie Ralph Eden

Leslie Ralph Eden was a sergeant in the 83 Squadron of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.  He lived in …

Private Patrick Joseph Reynolds, Bickley

Private Patrick Joseph Reynolds, Bickley

Private Patrick Joseph Reynolds of the Royal West Kent Regiment, was reported as missing in the Bromley & District Times …

Two soldiers dressed in uniform, referenced as brothers Bennett Thomas Basham and Sidney Robert Basham

Basham Brothers Missing, 1942

Basham Brothers Missing in Action It must have been bad enough having one son go missing in action, but it ...
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Wording from an article regarding David Waite who was reported missing in Singapore

Mr David Waite in Singapore

Missing in Singapore David Stanley Waite was the son of Harold & Margaret Waite of 22 Woodlands Way, West Wickham ...
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Pilot Officer Ronald Frederick Leonard Tong

Ronald Frederick Leonard Tong

Pilot Officer Awarded The Distinguished Flying Cross Pilot Officer R.F.L. Tong Among a number of awards approved by the King ...
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Thomas Holloway

Sergeant Thomas Holloway Chislehurst Sergeant's Letter Sergeant Thomas Holloway, R.A.F., of 11 Church row, Chislehurst, who has been a prisoner ...
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Prisoners of Singapore (WW2)

Singapore Prisoners of War During World War II, following the Fall of Singapore in February 1942, the Japanese military held ...
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black and white portrait photo of Lance Corporal Albert Bailey

Albert Bailey

Some time since we reported that no news had been received since Christmas, 1914, of Lance-Corporal Albert Bailey, son of ...
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Arthur James Smith

Arthur James Smith

Presumed Killed Lieutenant A.J. Smith In June 1940, Mrs Smith, 58 Freeland Road, Bromley, received news that her husband, Lieutenant ...
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Stephen J Masters

Stephen J. Masters

Missing Lieutenant S.J. Masters, Chislehurst Mr and Mrs C. Masters, of Ridgemount, Leesons, Chislehurst, have been informed by the War ...
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Bert Whitehead

Bert Whitehead

Prisoner of War Private Bert Whitehead Private Bert Whitehead, son of Mr and Mrs J. Whitehead, 13 Holbrook Way, Bromley, ...
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Nurse Miss KE Stacey

Nurse K.E. Stacey

Nurse from Green Street Green awarded for her services to The Red Cross during World War One The Royal Red ...
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Driver Albert E Stagg

Driver A.E. Stagg

Prisoner of War at Stalag, Germany Driver A. E. Stagg Mr and Mrs Stagg, of 23 Pope Road, Bromley, have ...
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Leading Stoker Albert Henry Jennings

Albert Henry Jennings

Leading Stoker A. H. Jennings Leading-Stoker Albert Henry Jennings, aged 22, who is among the missing, is a brother of ...
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Nurse Miss KE Stacey

Nurse K.E. Stacey

Nurse from Green Street Green awarded for her services to The Red Cross during World War One The Royal Red ...
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Private AG Sales

Private AG Sales

Killed in Action Private A.G. Sales, of the 3rd Monmouth, who enlisted on August 30th, 1914, went to the Front ...
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Private Harry Gordon Symonds

Private Harry Gordon Symonds

Private Harry Gordon Symonds was a member of the 11th Battalion Middlesex Regiment, and died on the 5th March 1916, ...
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Herbert Bramwell Rook

Private Herbert Bramwell Rook

Private Rook served with the 6th Royal Went Kent Regiment during the first world war. He was educated in Orpington ...
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Nurse Winifred Tremain

Miss Winifred Tremain

Experiences of a local nurse in France Praise for British coolness and tact Miss Winifred Tremain, eldest daughter of Mr ...
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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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Arthur James Smith

Arthur James Smith

Presumed Killed Lieutenant A.J. Smith In June 1940, Mrs Smith, 58 Freeland Road, Bromley, received news that her husband, Lieutenant ...
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Stephen J Masters

Stephen J. Masters

Missing Lieutenant S.J. Masters, Chislehurst Mr and Mrs C. Masters, of Ridgemount, Leesons, Chislehurst, have been informed by the War ...
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Bert Whitehead

Bert Whitehead

Prisoner of War Private Bert Whitehead Private Bert Whitehead, son of Mr and Mrs J. Whitehead, 13 Holbrook Way, Bromley, ...
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Corporal Arthur Bellringer missing in action during world war two

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, ...
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Portrait of Richard Been Stannard

Lieutenant Richard Been Stannard

Lieutenant Richard Been Stannard was born at Blyth, Northumberland. His father, Captain George Stannard, was lost with the Mount Oswald, ...
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black and white portrait of John Bond Bassett of Bromley

2nd Lieutenant John B. Bassett

72521 2nd-Lieutenant John Bond Bassett , aged 28, was a printer by trade, the third son of Mr & Mrs ...
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Gunner Harry Garcia

Old Bromley Scouter Broadcasts An exciting story Harry Garcia, a gunner of a Coastal Command Lockheed Hudson, whose home is ...
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Rev CAS Page

Rector of West Wickham Leaving: 1942

Rev. Charles A. S. Page was the Rector of West Wickham for nearly 12 years, before he moved onto Hawkinge ...
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Portrait of the Foxwell Brothers of Keston, published in the Bromley Times on 2nd Jan 1942

The Foxwell Brothers

In this article we focus on the Foxwell family, who resided in the Keston area of Bromley during the second ...
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Flying Officer H S Mellows published in the bromley & District newspapers on 28th November 1941

F/O Harold Sydney Mellows

Flying Officer H.S. Mellows West Wickham Rotarians stood in silence at their meeting on Monday in tribute to the memory ...
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Wedding Photo of William Stanley Page and Margaret Holder, published int eh Bromlet Times newspaper in November 1941

William Page & Margaret Holder: Wedding

The perfect romanceIt seems this was the perfect romance.  In the 1939 Register, William Page, then living at 17 Cloisters ...
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Flying Officer Albert C Batt

Flying Officer Albert Cyril Batt

Gallant Conduct Flying Officer A.C. Batt, R.AF.V.R., Commended The gallant conduct of Flying Officer Albert Cyril Batt, R.A.F.A.R., on the ...
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Stephen J Masters

Stephen J. Masters

Missing Lieutenant S.J. Masters, Chislehurst Mr and Mrs C. Masters, of Ridgemount, Leesons, Chislehurst, have been informed by the War ...
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Herbert Bramwell Rook

Private Herbert Bramwell Rook

Private Rook served with the 6th Royal Went Kent Regiment during the first world war. He was educated in Orpington ...
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Nurse Winifred Tremain

Miss Winifred Tremain

Experiences of a local nurse in France Praise for British coolness and tact Miss Winifred Tremain, eldest daughter of Mr ...
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Portait of Mr and Mrs Charles Gunton of Bromley

Wedding Anniversary: Gunton

Former Mayor and Mayoress of Bromley Celebrate golden Wedding Anniversary Mr and Mrs C.H. Gunton Honoured residents of Bromley who ...
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Lance Corporal Ernest A. Palin

Family Memories of a war heroAfter the war Ernest returned to his family and he went to work on the ...
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