Three-Decker Bunk beds in Bromley Air Raid Shelter

Three-Decker Divans in Elm Bank Hotel Shelter The entrance to these improvised sleeping quarters is down a six-feet stairway directly below the main stairs. Each bunk, made with deep springs and coil interiors, measures 6-feet by 3-fet, ensures complete relaxation – the 20-inch walls, utmost safety. Guests now have their choice  upstairs wit H and C, or downstairs with comfort and quietness, which coupled with excellent food, is obtainable at as low as 3 1/2 Guineas per week. ELM BANK HOTEL Widmore Green, Bromley   Source: Bromley & District Times,…

The Crisp Brothers

One family from Bromley, Kent saw three of their five sons on active services during World War 2.  This short article, printed in the Bromley & District Times newspaper on the 8th November 1940 (page 5), gives readers an update on their whereabouts. Articles like this are very useful to find when searching family history, as they can give further information about the person such as military regiments, schools attended and where they were employed prior to signing up.  As well as names of other family members.   Our Service Families…

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 www.cwgc.org

Sapper R. G. Jones

As reported in the Bromley & District Times in 6th September 1940 Prisoner of War Mrs R. G, Jones of Maeberry, 10 Nichol Lane, Bromley, received a post-card from her husband on August 29, stating that he is a prisoner of war in Germany. Sapper Jones left England on May 20 and his wife received a letter from him dated May 24.  Then she had no news other than that he was missing, and neither the Red Cross nor War Office could give any further information.  Mrs Jones is now…

Lance Corporal E. A. Palin

Reported in the Bromley & District Times, 6th September 1940. Prisoner of War Mrs G. L. Plain, 61 Newbury Road, Bromley, has received news from her husband, Lance Corporal E. A. Palin, who was reported missing on May 22, that he is a prisoner of war in Germany. Joining the Army in 1930, he served with his regiment in India for six years, but returned to the mother country on completing his service.  He was recalled just before war broke out, and was drafted to France early in September. As…

Private Edward F. Belsey

Reported in the Bromley & District Times on 6th September 1940 Prison of War: Edward F. Belsey, Bromley This week Mrs E. F. Belsey of Bromley has heard from her husband, Private Edward F. Belsey, R.A.M.C., that he is a prisoner of war.  Previously he had been reported as missing from June 10. The son of Mr Belsey and of the late Mrs Belsey, of 53 Palace Road, Bromley, he was educated at the Central School, and afterwards obtained employment as an assistant at the Chaterton Road branch of the South…