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 Miss Ethel May Harrington, eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs Samuel Harrington, of Hextable, Swanley, took place very quietly at Hanover Square W., on Wednesday 5th, inst. The bride was married in her going-away costume of navy blue with black velvet hat, and shortly after the conclusion of the ceremony the bride and bridegroom left for Brighton, where the honeymoon is being spent. Mr Edgar Hewett saw war service for…

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 war in Germany.  Second from the right in the back row is a Farnborough boy, Private R.T. Clarkson, son of Mrs Clarkson, 81 Hugh Street, Farnborough. Source: Bromley & District Times, 23rd January 1942 (page 5) Also see: In a German Prison Camp: Oct 1941 Officers of the royal West Kent Regiment: 1940 Is your Boy here? Oct 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 the Bromley & District Times in the October, in the hope that some readers might recognise the men featured. It does featured one Lance-Corporal Eric Arthur Eagles, of the Royal West Kent Regiment who resided at 70 Cumberland Road, Bromley, who had been reported as a prisoner of war in Germany.  In the photo Lance-Corporal Eagles is standing at the back on the extreme left. Source: Bromley & District Times, 31st…

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,. Germany, received by Mrs Haynes, mother of Captain P.F. Haynes.  They are (left to right) back row: ____, Captain H.J. Langdon, Captain R.E Moss, ____, Second-Lieutenant R.G. Bensted, Captain T.T.W. Stanyon, Second-Lieut. Lee. Front row: Captain P.F. Haynes, Captain D.H. Andrews, Lieut.-Colonel E.A. Sharpin, Lieut-Colonol William Nash, Lieut.-Colonel R.L. Clay, Major I. Pilditch, Captain C.B. Selby-Noothroyd. Source: Bromley & District Times, 10th October 1941 (page 6)

The Crisp Brothers

One family from Bromley, Kent saw three of their five sons on active services during World War 2.  This short article, printed in the Bromley & District Times newspaper on the 8th November 1940 (page 5), gives readers an update on their whereabouts. Articles like this are very useful to find when searching family history, as they can give further information about the person such as military regiments, schools attended and where they were employed prior to signing up.  As well as names of other family members.   Our Service Families…

Frederic H Green, driver

Frederic H Green was born March 1891 at Northampton and had lived in Bromley for about 17yrs.  The son of  Mr H E Green, Frederic attended Wharton Road and Bromley Parish Schools. He married in Annie M Blagden in May 1914. Keen on becoming a soldier, Frederic joined as soon as possible; joining the Royal West Kent Regiment (Territorials), but soon enlisted in the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry (Special Reserve). After training he then transferred to the Royal Field Artillery.  He was one of the first to be called up.…

Private Walter Waters

Another of the men of the Royal West Kent Regiment reported missing is Prvate Walter Waters the son of Mr and Mrs J. Waters, 54 Victoria Road, Bromley Common, and husband of Mrs Waters, 26 Mosul Way. He was educated at Raglan Road School and later joined the Territorials.  He was a lorry driver in the employment of the Corporation.  He went to France in the Spring of this year (1940), and the last letter received from him was on May 10. Private and Mrs W. Waters have three young…

Private Patrick Joseph Reynolds, Bickley

Private Patrick Joseph Reynolds of the Royal West Kent Regiment, was reported as missing in the Bromley & District Times newspaper in 19th July 1940.  After this report it transpires that he became as prisoner of war and was reported as having died 14 months later in October 1941. Private P. J. Reynolds Private Patrick J. Reynolds of the Royal West Kent Regiment, second son of Mr & Mrs J.P. Reynolds of Bickley Crescent, Bickley, has been officially reported missing since May 20th by the War Office.  He first joined…

Prisoners of War from the Royal West Kent Regiment

Officers of the Royal West Kent Regiment Mrs Watts, of Shepherds Lane, Dartford, wife of Lieutenant-Quartermaster Watts, received the photograph of officers of the Royal West Kent Regiment who were prisoners of war in Germany. The photograph was taken in June, 1940. Watts had been anxious for news from home, and said that letters were now being received. Captain W Earle Edwards, son-in-law of Alderman W A Ward, Deputy Mayor of Dartford. Back Row: Lieutenant Kennedy and Captain Denham (Bexley) Middle Row: Captain W Edwards, Major Clout, Lieutenant-Quartermaster Watts (Dartford)…