Day Out for Dunkirk Wounded

This wonderful report, which appeared in the local newspaper, describes how a party of wounded soldiers who at Dunkirk , were treated by the kind people of Bromley, when they visited the town on a day trip. The occasion was made possible by the donations of a local company. It would be great to know which local company helped arrange this. Bromley Firm’s Effort Mr Watts, manager of the Gaumont, Bromley, sprang a surprise on the audience on Wednesday afternoon, when he announced that over 30 of the boys who…

Salute the Soldier Week – August 1944

‘Salute the Solider Week’ was a national fundraising effort to encourage civilians to place their money in government accounts, as Britain prepared for a final assault on Nazi Germany. Across the country celebrations began with a parade and culminated on public space, such as a village green, with a mixture of speeches, blessing ceremonies, sporting events and games. This report from the Bromley & District Times newspaper in August 1944, provides details of the event which took place in Orpington.   Salute the Soldier Everything is set for Salute the…

Some Bone! – Collecting for the War Effort in WW2

In 1941, the Department of National War Services put in place a nation-wide salvage programme. Households across the country were asked to collect metals, paper, bones, rags and fat.  It wasn’t done for the environment but rather for the war effort. Bone became a vitally important material to the war effort. Fortunately, bones were readily available because they could be collected from the carcass of any dead animal. They were in high demand because the extracted fats were used to make glycerine, an agent used in high explosives. Alongside this, bones…

“Doodle Bugs” – Goebbels has been having a field day

Written by the Vicar of Bromley, this report appeared in the Bromley & District Times on 30th June 1944 “Doodle Bugs” Goebbels has been having a field day.  The description of London under a pall of smoke with the arterial roads packed with crowds of refugees, and the life of the city disrupted, has proved a welcome diversion to a war-weary people whose eyes reluctantly were being compelled to look more towards Cherbourg. But actually in one respect his claims are not entirely wide of the mark, for we, too,…

Work of the Firemen in 1944

In preparation for war, the Auxiliary Fire Service was established in the United Kingdom in 1938 to supplement the many individual peacetime fire fighters. The AFS had their own often rapidly-constructed or requisitioned stations, or added their own services to existing stations. The NFS was created in August 1941 by the amalgamation of the wartime national Auxiliary Fire Service (AFS) and the local authority fire brigades (about 1,600 of them). It existed until 1948, when it was again split by the Fire Services Act 1947, with fire services reverting to…

Lieutenent L M Powell

Second Lieutenant L.M. Powell, of Chislehurst was killed in action on 17th June 1915.  He is listed on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission database as being part of the 3rd Battalion. attd. 1st Battalion, Gordon Highlanders. Please do contact me if you have any further information about this soldier.   Source: St Mary Cray, Orpington District Times, 7th January 1916.  Found using the FREE search at www.militaryancestors.co.uk and the www.cwgc.org

Fighter Fund for Bromley

This advert for support and volunteers for the Fighter Fund in Bromley was published in the Bromley & District Times on 23rd August 1940. Enthusiastic Support – Subscriptions Coming in – – All Classes want to help – – Volunteers will be needed – The Supermarine “Spitfire” single-seater day and night fighter, supreme among fighter aircraft throughout the world.  She carries eight machine guns mounted in the wings, four each side of the fuselage. The official maximum speed is 357 m.p.h. at 18,100 ft.   Picture shows formation of six spitfires…

Great Air Battles Off Coast, August 1940

This report details the beginning of the Battle of Britain, outlining the impressive number of aircraft brought down by the R.A.F. and ground defence units, who work tirelessly to protect Britain.  Reported in the Bromley & District Times, 23rd August 1940   295 Raiders Down in 7 Days Brilliant Work by R.A.F. and Ground Defences In air battles of enormous proportions which have raged over Kent and South Coasts this week the R.A.F. and British ground defences have exacted heavy toll from the enemy. In seven days from last Thursday, when…

The Battle of Britain is on, August 1940

When France collapsed, it was anticipated that Britain would be next.  However, as the Bromley & District Times reported in August 1940, both the R.A.F. and anti-aircraft gunners, although less in numbers, were vastly superior and stronger, managing to keep enemy at bay.  German planes not brought down were sent reeling home, damaged and diminished. The Battle of Britain had begun…   It’s On… The Battle of Britain is on. It has not begun in the way many people expected.  When France collapsed so tragically, through the weakness and treachery of her new…