The Money Front: Bromley’s Great Push

Mounting Total in War Weapons Week HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR NEW ZEALAND Stimulating Address at inaugural luncheon Thousands of people watch Naval and Military Procession Bromley gave a most suspicious start to the War Weapons Week on Saturday.  Munificent subscriptions for investment in Government securities were notified early in the day. Then amid enthusiastic cheers the Mayor, Councillor H. Lynch-Watson J.P., the president of the Week, announced to the large and influential gathering at the inaugural luncheon in the White Hart Hotel that the total subscription at noon on the first…

Beckenham’s War Weapons Week – Spring 1941

Our aim is £250,000 Says THE MAYOR Citizens of Beckenham: Our great War Weapons Week starts in just over a fortnight’s time. Between February 22nd and March 1st we are pledged to invest no less that £250,000 – a quarter of a million pounds in ONE week. Can Beckenham do it? We WILL do it, and pass that huge total if every home in the district will lend all that can be spared over current needs. Here’s an opportunity to make your money fight-every penny, every pound lent to buy…

In War Weapons Week – 7th Feb 1941

SAVINGS CERTIFICATE FOR EVERY BABY BORN Mayor of losing Borough to pay Beckenham, whose War Weapons Week commences on Saturday February 22, has been set to invest £250,000, a total which should not be difficult to reach. During the week ending March 1, people are not asked to give, but to invest their money, They can buy War Bonds, Defence Bonds, Saving Certificates, or make a deposit in the Post Office Bank, But whichever way they decide they are advised to start saving now. The Mayor of Beckenham at a…

Bromley War Weapons Week

Before the US entered the war, and still with the threat of invasion, War Weapon Weeks was a way to encourage people to save in War Bonds and similar Government schemes to help re-arm. This advert was one of many which appeared in the local newspaper advertising a local ‘War Weapons Week”   February 15th – 20th (1941) Bromley’s War Weapons Week Get ready to make your money fight Our War Weapons Week is coming! It will be our special chance to help pay for the huge armaments needed to win this war,  Let us…

Why Aren’t There More Trains?

Next time you are waiting for a train, and perhaps complaining about the lack of them, spare a thought for the commuters of the 1940s. At least British rail had a good reason – moving weapons to the theatres of war, as well as the war damage to the railways. The railway system suffered heavy damage in some areas due to German Luftwaffe bombing, especially in cities such as London and Coventry. It is estimated that 482 locomotives, 13,314 passenger and 16,132 freight vehicles were damaged during World War Two. Sources: Advert –…

King Commends Hayes Man, 1941

This article, which featured in the Bromley & District Times in late February 1941, actually followed directly on from my previous extract story regarding Mr W. T. Field of Bromley, and mentions the George Medal that he received. Whether his award was given to him for this same rescue, it does not say, but it obvious that the two men knew each other.   Honourable Mention for Resourceful Hayes Man The King has commended Mr D. H. Cartill, of 26 Hilldown Road,Hayes, for his gallantry and devotion to duty. Mr Cartill, who is…

Heroes of the A.F.S. – Five Young Men Killed on Service

On the 19th March 1941, five local firemen lost their lives whilst on duty during the London bombings. The London Fire Brigade had been under intense pressure from the many fires caused by enemy bombs and had to frequently call in reinforcements from outlying areas.  It was on this fated night at West Ham that the Coney Hall Auxillary Fire Service was called to action.  On convey to a fire in Silvertown their truck was obliterated by a land-mine explosion, killing five of its crew. (Charles) Wesley Drew, Dennis Gerald…

Local Sporting Enthusiast

This extract was taken from the local newspapers, I do believe this gentleman received the George Medal for bravery.  If anyone has any details on this, then please do contact me with details. Mr Field, of 14 Greenway, Bromley familiarly known as “Sonny” is Deputy Superintendent under the Bromley Corporation, and leader of an A.R.P. rescue party.  He has many friends, and is very popular in the town. Mr Field has had a distinguished career in many branches of sport.  After serving for a number of years in the Navy,…

Hot Water! What’s the Idea?

Keeping the soldiers going! This advert for OXO featured in the Bromley & District Times in February 1941, to no doubt encourage families to send stocks to the soldiers on the front line. Read more about the history of OXO in my previous blog >> How OXO Helped Strengthen the Home Front   Source: Bromley & District Times, 21st February 1941, page 3

Wedding – Mr F.R. Burr and Miss H.M. Rigby

  The wedding took place at the Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Hayes, on Saturday, between Mr Frederick R. Burr, third son of Mrs Burr and the late Mr W. Burr of 19 Howard Road, Bromley and Miss H.M. (“Molly”) Rigby, only daughter of Mr and Mrs J. W. Rigby of 64 Hayes Street, Hayes The Rector of Hayes, and Rev. E.L.L. McClinstock, officiated, and the service was ____. The organist, Mr Cecil Lyes, played appropriate music, including the Bridal March from “Lohengrin” (Wagner) and Mendelssohn’s Wedding March. …