How OXO helped Strengthen the Home Front

In 1840 a German chemist, by the name of Baron Justus von Liebig (1803-1873), invented meat extract through his Extract of Meat Company, and shortly after Oxo was created.  The formula was so popular that by 1908 Oxo was able to become an official sponsor of the London Olympics and supplied fortified drinks of Oxo to marathon runners. By 1910 the makers had formulated the iconic OXO ‘cube’, making it more accessible to families around the world, and further increased Oxo’s popularity.  During the First World War it became a stable…

Mr H.G. Milstead

Whilst working for the Standard Bank in Mombasa, Mr H.G. Milstead became the South Africa correspondent for the Bromley & District Times. Mr H.G. Milstead was the only son of Mr & Mrs H.H. Milstead of Hawes Road Bromley. He married Miss Doris May Bagnall, 2nd daughter of Mr & Mrs Bagnall of Cape Town, at St Mark’s Church, Parklands. Before going to South Africa he held a post in the London City & Midland Bank. After passing the examinations in April 1912, he was sent to Johannesburg.   After being promoted…

Guardsman James Williams

James Williams was the son of Mr & Mrs F Williams and brother to Mr W Williams who was assistant steward of Swanley Junction Working Men’s Club and Institute. His father had served 21 years in the British Army, for some years with the Grenadier Guards and served through the Egyptian campaign in 1882. As an Army Reservist he went to Canada between 1910-11.  He married Miss Emma Bridle, of Swanley in 1912 in Canada, where was still living. James had returned from Canada and was quickly sent to the Front with the…

Private Frederick Norman Ayles

Private Frederick Ayles was an old boy of Aylesbury Road School.  His mother (a widow) lived on Simpson Road, Bromley. He had joined the army in 1902 and later served with the South Lancashire Regiment. He went to France on 7th October 1914, and consequently must have seen some of the severest fighting. He was killed in action on the 13th November 1914. His brother Ernest Walter Ayles joined the Army Service Corps in October 1914  (two month prior to the report of Frederick’s death) and was in training at…

Gunner W H King

Son of William Henry and Eliza King, of 17 New England Road, Brighton, King was a Bromley postman and Captain of the Bromley Postal Football Club (which was a successful team) when he signed up to the war. He was serving with the Royal Horse Artillery when he was wounded at the battle of Mons. He died of his wounds on the 12th September 1914 Source: Bromley & District Times, 27th November, 1914 (page 7) and

Private T Smith, 1914

This is Private T. Smith who served in the First World War.  I want to link him to the correct reference in my Military Ancestors database. Can you tell from this photo which regiment he belonged to?   The list of possibilities is: Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment Royal West Kent Regiment J Battery, Royal Horse Artillery, 4th Cavalry Division Royal Engineers

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 and the