Don’t run any risk with Allotment cuts & brusies – Use Zam-Buk

July 1918 The popularity of allotments at this time meant many could be liable to small scratches and cuts, which could quickly become infected and lead to severe consequences – after all- no antibiotics in 1918. An advert for Zam-Buk featured in the Bromley & District Times newspaper. Don’t run any risks with Allotment cuts & bruises Always carry Zam-Buk the antiseptic healer Work on the allotment produces a big crop of Cuts, Scratches and Blistered Hands, with the risk of dirt and dangerous disease germs infecting the broken skin…

Every Man Who Is Fit to Fight is Fit to Pension – Demand for Justice

The National Association of Discharged Sailors and Soldiers (NADSS) was a British veterans’ organisation. Founded in early 1917 at a conference in Blackburn, the group drew together various local groups representing working men who had served in World War I but had since been discharged. The organisation campaigned for better pensions, and more opportunities for re-training. Bromley had its own local branch, who in June 1918 held a mass meeting in the Market Square, Bromley to demand justice for the ex-fighting men and the dependents of the gallant men who…

Lady Librarian initiates a very practical improvement at Bromley Public Library, 1918

According to this article, which was published in the Bromley & District Times, 1918, it took a female librarian’s initiative to move the books shelves up a notch or two in order to stop readers overlooking the variety of titles stored on the lower shelves. Even back in 1918 libraries were seen as important assets to the community “The large increase in the number of users of the Public Library, is good evidence of its value to the community in these days when intelligent recreation is sought in relief of…

Inmates of the ‘Grim Grey House” given a holiday… stories from the Workhouse

Workhouses, like the one in Bromley (now the PRU hospital), often organised holiday outings for the inmates.  This article reports their annual outing in 1918 to the park at Hollydene in Keston, which the ‘poor folk’ were given to their disposal for the day. The article highlights the restrictions to food, high prices and rationing which had to be adhered to, but also the generous donations of toys, in spite of the high prices, and other supplies from local residents. But in spite of all this, the ‘poor folk’ still had…

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

Cyril Percival Thatcher

Cyril Percival Thatcher was the son of Mr & Mrs J Thatcher of Great Elms Road, Bromley, and one of five brothers.  He spent his time during World War 1 on board the Destroyer HMS “Chatham” in the North Sea.   Featured in the Bromley & District Times, 30th October 1914, page 4 Found using www.militaryancestors.co.uk

Signalman Charles Clarke

Charles Clark, son of Mr & Mrs C Clark of Tweedy Road, Bromley was a signalman in the Royal Navy.  He reported lost at sea in the Bromley & District Times on 11th December, 1914 when an explosion on board HMS Bulwark destroyed the ship on the 26th November.   He had seen nearly 12 years service when the vessel exploded in harbour at Sheerness.  He was aged 29.   In July 1915 he was commemorated at the memorial service at Bromley Parish Church. (Bromley & District Times, 9th July 1014,…

Second-Lieutenant John Potter, D.S.O.

Second-Lieutenant John Potter, D.S.O., was born about 1895, son of the late Mr William Manuel Potter and Mary Ann Potter, of “Clynder”, Gravel Road, Bromley Common. He was educated at Clifton College and on the outbreak of war joined the Royal Army Medical Corps and served with them until November 1915. He was present at the fighting in La Bassée, Neuve Chapelle, and Loos and then trained for a commission in January, 1916 with the South Staffordshires. The Citation read: On the 1st July, 1916, the first day of the…

Wartime Weddings

Sergeant G. N, Beazlie and Miss S. Mockford An attractive wedding took place at Widmore Road Baptist Church, Bromley on Saturday (19th May 1945) when Sergeant George N. Beazlie U.S.A.A.F., second son of Mr. and Mrs Robert H. Beazlie of Florida was married to Miss Shelia Mockford, only daughter of Mr and Mrs E. E. Mockford of 158 Palace View, Bromley. The bridegroom, who has been in the Service since 1941 was in the North African campaign with the 8th Air Force. The service was conducted by the Rev. Albert…