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 the H.A.C. in September 1937, and on the outbreak of war was mobilised and was granted a commission in November 1939. He took a prominent part in the organisation of his battalion sports and was an extremely popular officer with all ranks.
The photograph was taken in October 1941, a few days before leaving this country for abroad. With him was his brother-in-law, Second Lieutenant Eric Pearce, R.A. of Templemore, Sidcup Hill, now on his way overseas, and whose account of his experiences in France and his return from Dunkirk appeared in the Kentish Times at that time.
Bromley & District Times, 20th March 1942, page 5