Step into the Past

Old Newspapers are a wonderful source of information. I have been working with the Bromley and District Times during World War 1 and its aftermath collecting and listing the names of military personnel who have featured in it for my Military Ancestors project.

Through this research I have also gathered fascinating stories, articles and adverts from the time.  These I can now bring to you through my website Footsteps to the Past – stories written about the people of the time: by the people of the time.

I hope you enjoy reading them too.


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The Men of the Sea: Merchant Navy

A deck boy on a ship on a convoy to Russia What is the Merchant Navy? The merchant ...
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King Decorates A.P.R. Supervisor

Mr Leslie Harding, Green Street Green Just as the nation were reading the first official account of the ...
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Private John Bertram Ecott

Private John Bertam Ecott was the son of John Roland and Edith Miriam Ecott, of Bromley, Kent. He ...
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Boxalls – Our Service Families

Notable Golden Wedding Year Mr and Mrs E.J. Boxall of 28 Nichol Lane, Bromley, who were married exactly ...
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Death of popular local soldier – Leslie Ralph Eden

Leslie Ralph Eden was a sergeant in the 83 Squadron of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.  He ...
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Many people caught out with Gas Tests in Bromley

Gas attack tests were conducted during WW2 to prepare civilians for such attacks from the enemy.  This article ...
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House of Perrings

This featured appeared in the Bromley & District Times in 1941, giving a lovely introduction to the family ...
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Caretaker needed for Smallpox Hospital – Job Advert, 1941

Looking for a job? Here’s a good one for a couple – but the remunerations is somewhat uneven ...
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Sending Parcels to the Front Line

Right from the outset of the second world war, British railways were the mainstay of the internal transport ...
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Highest Scout Honour Given, 1941

The Silver Wolf scouting award is the highest award given out by The Scout Association.  It is an unrestricted ...
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Battle of the Atlantic

An example of how newspapers advertised the dramatics of the war to help sell newspapers. This advert for ...
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Communal Kitchens coming to Beckenham – WW2

Communal kitchens were created in the 1940's, during the Second World War, to help people who had been ...
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