People of Bromley

With the help of the Military Ancestors website, I have been able to piece together some of the stories of local soldiers and nurses who fought in World War 1 through their obituaries, awards and mentions in the Bromley & District Times.


Sergeant Albert Ludlow -1914

Sergeant Albert Ludlow, Bromley

Albert Ludlow was one of three brothers, and had lived at The Cottage, Cowper Road in Bromley Common.  He was a member of the Territorial Force, 3/5th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment, He had joined from the Reserve and was now with the Expeditionary Force. Information sourced from the Bromley & District Times 1914-1920 Researched using the FREE database at www.militaryancestors.co.uk ...
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Sergeant A E Smith - 1914

Sergeant A E Smith

Sergeant A E Smith was the son of Mr & Mrs H G Smith of West Wickham, and had two brothers also on military services; Lance-Corporal C Smith & Private T Smith. Sergeant Smith was a member of the Royal engineers. Prior to WW1 he had been in Royal Engineers for 16 years and had gone through the South African War. During World War 1 he was with the first troops forming the British Expeditionary Force and was with the first British troops ...
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Private William Bray

William Bray was an old boy of Ragland Road Boy's School in Bromley.  He was the eldest son of Mr & Mrs George Bray of Nelson Road, Bromley, and a member of one of the 'Soldier families'.  He was part of the 5th King's Shropshire Light Infantry. It had first been reported that Bray had been wounded at Loos, but on the 17th December the Bromley & District Times (page 9) reported that when the stretcher-bearers went to bring the wounded in they found that ...
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Leading Seaman William B Bumstead - 1914

Leading Seaman William B Bumstead

Leading Seaman William B Bumstead , son of Mr C H Bumstead of Addison Road, Bromley, was one of three brothers on active service during WW1. At the beginning of the war he was in the North Sea, but by the 20th November 1914 he was serving in the Mediterranean Sea on board the Royal Navy's HMS Shannon Featured in the Bromley & District Times, 20th November 1914, page 3. Researched on www.militaryancestors.co.uk ...
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You might also be interested in the the letters written by local soldiers on the Front Line which were published in the Bromley & District Times newspaper.

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