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World War 2

World War 2 was declared on 3rd September, 1939.

At first after the declaration, very little appeared to happen although there were some casualties at sea. This period soon became known as the Phoney War. It lasted until the 10th May, 1940 and then the Germans began to move against the British Expeditionary Forces in France and Flanders. During the retreat, soldiers were often left behind; if they were lucky they were captured by the Germans; prisoners of war. Sometimes they were not so lucky.

By the 26th May, 1940 the British army (or those who had survived) were corralled on the beaches at Dunkirk with all appearances of sitting ducks waiting for the attack from the German Army. However, for some reason, it did not occur and Hitler gave the job of attacking the British Army at Dunkirk to the Luftwaffe.

Battle of Britain

This gave just enough time to avert total disaster. Disaster was turned into a minor miracle by the rescue of 215,000 British and 123,000 French in British ships, small and large to England. In the weeks following the evacuation, the papers were full of news of soldiers missing and then found to be prisoners of war. The war was over for them

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Women’s Home Defence, 1942

Chance to Learn to Shoot"No Drills, No Red Tape, No Uniform"The announcement that a unit of the Women's Home Defence ...
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Bromley Warship Week, March 1942

Inaugurated by Admiral Sir Edward Evans "Time for all Hands on Deck" Everyone must make greater sacrifices. Bromley had raised ...
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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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Scrap Metal

Ever Wondered What Happened to the Metal Collected during World War Two? Scrap Metal What happens to the scrap metal ...
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Idris Table Waters – Advert

Idris Table Waters Who made the Lemon Squash? Idris admit their guilt. And moreover, keep on browbeating all the lemons ...
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Advert for Soap Rationing in World War two

Soap Rationing

Advert from the Ministry of Food Soap Rationing From Monday, February 9th [1942], soap may be bought only against a ...
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Soldier being poured a cup of OXO

A Home Guard Against Winter Chills

Another advert for OXO which was published in the Bromley & District Times newspaper during the 1940's. Read more about ...
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Odeon advert featuring Birth of the Blues film, published in the Bromley & District Times in January 1942

Showing at the Odeon – January 1942

Birth of the Blues Birth of the Blues is a 1941 American musical film whose plot loosely follows the origins ...
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Jones & Higgins Department Store

Useful 'Coupon-free' Gifts at reasonable prices Starting out as a one shopfront window business, Messrs Edwin Jones and George Randell ...
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Jones & Higgins: Reliable Furniture

Jones & Higgins for Quality - Value - Service Reliable Furniture Jones & Higgin make it possible for you to ...
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A great favourite with Men: spice Cake

Spice Cake This is a rich and heavy textured cake and a great favourite with men: 1 1/2 cupfuls of ...
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Advertisement from 1941 featuring a recipe for Potato Pastry

Housekeeping in War-time Britain

Queen Elizabeth, consort of George VI the King of the United Kingdom (and mother of Queen Elizabeth II), visited the ...
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Lord Woolton Pie

Lord Woolton Pie: The Official Recipe

Originally called Lord Woolton pie, and later as simply Woolton Pie, this pastry dish of vegetables was widely served in ...
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Food Facts: Mother & Child

Government advice given to Expectant Mothers, during th Second World War, on the food they should be trying to eat ...
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Billy Brown’s Guide to London Transport

Here is another fine example of the Billy Brown character, invented by cartoonist David Langdon OBE, giving advice on using ...
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What to Do Before Going into Your Shelter

Before, during and after the raid What to do before going into your Shelter - and the help that is ...
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Biggin Hill helps support Orpington’s War Weapons Week

War Weapons Week Biggin Hill is making a strenuous effort to support Orpington War Weapons Week, March 22 - 29.  ...
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Orpington Passes their £100,000 War Weapons Week aim

Great Enthusiasm in town and villages Crowds watch mile-long parade of military and civil bodies Orpington District War Weapons Week, ...
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Who was Sir Tiffy Cate?

In 1941 a strange figure (or figures) were roaming around towns and cities across the country under the guise of ...
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Orpington’s War Weapons Week – 1941

March 22-29 £100,000 is the Aim Attractive Programme being arranged The majority of the committees which will be responsible for ...
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War Weapons Week Rivalry – 1941

On the first day of Bromley's War Weapons week, the borough had raised an impressive £202,434 towards the fund, and ...
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War Weapons Rivalry – Who will win?

Will Beckenham Beat Bromley? The friendly rivalry between the neighbouring towns of Bromley and Beckenham will be seen in a ...
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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

Weddings Mr W.S. Page and Miss M.E. Holder The wedding of Mr William Stanley Page, second son of Mr and ...
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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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Portraits of

Amazing Ordeal of Two Local Airmen

Blazing Bomber 12,000 Feet up Fought fire over Germany for three hours THEN 57 HOURS ON SEA WASHED ASHORE IN ...
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Group photo of members from the Royal West Kent Regiment who were prisoners of war in 1941 including Lance Corporal Eric Arthur Eagles

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 ...
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Members from the Royal West Kent Regiment who were prisoners of war in Germany in 1941

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, ...
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Odeon advert featuring Birth of the Blues film, published in the Bromley & District Times in January 1942

Showing at the Odeon – January 1942

Birth of the Blues Birth of the Blues is a 1941 American musical film whose plot loosely follows the origins ...
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Cinema listing of Billy the Kid film which appeared in Bromley's Odeon in October 1941

Cinema Listings for Bromley in 1941

This advert for the cinemas of Bromley lists the top films being shown for the 6 days following Monday 27th ...
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The T.W.E.R.P.S.: Spring edition

The T.W.E.R.P.S. were a local amateur concert party. who were in much demand during World War 2 to entertain the ...
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Soldiers as “Can-Can” Dancers

Gunners of the Royal Artillery in South-east England, where they are running their own troupe of "can can dancers" ...
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Exciting Wartime Football Matches

In spite of the war, there was plenty of football to watch and teams to support. This report appeared in ...
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Pinocchio film listing, Bromley

Disney’s Pinocchio comes to Bromley!

For every one - of every age! It's easy to forget how old Disney's Pinocchio actually is! This film listing ...
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Coney Hall Fete, August 1940

This article, which featured in the Bromley & District Times on 9th August 1940, shows the carefree nature of life ...
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TWERPS on stage

Troop Entertainers wanted

The Bromley T.W.E.R.P.S. Concert Party was an amatuer group set up for the purpose of entertaining service personnel and giving ...
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