Death of Sub-Lieutenant Stafford-Clark, 1940

Sub Lieutenant (A) John Stafford-Clark was the son of former Mayor of Bromley Francis Stafford-Clark (1929-1930). This notice of his death was published in the local newspaper in March 1941. He was part of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, H.M.S. Heron., based in Yoevilton in Somerset. He died on the 26th February 1941. Sub-Lieutenant (A) J. Stafford Clark, R.N.V.R. Sub-Lieutenant John Stafford Clark, of the Fleet Air Arm, younger son of Alderman F. Stafford Clark, L.L.D., J.P., and Mrs Stafford Clark, and brother of Flight-Lieutenant David Stafford Clark, M.B., B.S.,…

The T.W.E.R.P.S.: Spring edition

The T.W.E.R.P.S. were a local amateur concert party. who were in much demand during World War 2 to entertain the troops and other service personnel. I am unsure at present what their initials stood for, so if anyone has any information about them which they can share, that would be most appreciated. This feature appeared in the local newspaper in March 1941. The well-known Bromley concert party, the T.W.E.R.P.S. whose services in entertaining troops and other members of the Services are so much in demand, have, owing to war demands,…

Night’s Heavy Blitz – April 1941

This report describes the aftermath of a heavy night of bombing on the town of Bromley in Kent on 16th April 1941. Due to government censorship of newspapers at the time, no exact location is given, other than a South-East residential location, but we now know this location to be Bromley, St Peter’s and St Pauls’ as the parish church which was destroyed, and the furniture depository being Dunn’s of Bromley which was located on Market Square. Heavy Bombs and Incendiaries in a residential area. Churches raised to the ground…

Conscientious Objector Summoned, 1941

The National Service (Armed Forces) Act 1939 was enacted by UK Parliament on 3rd September 1939, the day the United Kingdom declared war on Germany at the start of the Second World War. It replaced the Military Training Act 1939 (which has been passed in May of that year) and enforced full conscription on all males between 18 and 41 who were UK residents. With a few exceptions, including Conscientious Objectors. When the Second World War broke out, there were nearly 60,000 registered Conscientious Objectors in the UK. Testing by…

War Weapons Week Rivalry – 1941

On the first day of Bromley’s War Weapons week, the borough had raised an impressive £202,434 towards the fund, and by the following Saturday they had doubled their figure.  However, not wanting to be outdone, their close neighbours, Beckenham, managed to surpass this figure mid-week!  These figures appeared in the Kentish Times on Friday 28th 1941. The final score for the weeks were Beckenham £460,968 15s and Bromley £440,730.  Making that a total for the Constituency of £1,944,698 in just two weeks! Orpington was aiming for £100,000 when they held…

War Weapons Rivalry – Who will win?

Will Beckenham Beat Bromley? The friendly rivalry between the neighbouring towns of Bromley and Beckenham will be seen in a new light during the coming weeks when Beckenham will endeavour to emulate Bromley’s fine War Weapons Week total. An attractive programme of events has been prepared for the week and below we give a summary. Saturday: Processions will converge on the Town Hall for a ___ parade at 1:45 pm, and the Mayor of Beckenham (Councillor W.J. Sampson) will declare the week open at 2 pm.  At 2:15 pm the…

The Money Front: Bromley’s Great Push

Mounting Total in War Weapons Week HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR NEW ZEALAND Stimulating Address at inaugural luncheon Thousands of people watch Naval and Military Procession Bromley gave a most suspicious start to the War Weapons Week on Saturday.  Munificent subscriptions for investment in Government securities were notified early in the day. Then amid enthusiastic cheers the Mayor, Councillor H. Lynch-Watson J.P., the president of the Week, announced to the large and influential gathering at the inaugural luncheon in the White Hart Hotel that the total subscription at noon on the first…

Bromley War Weapons Week

Before the US entered the war, and still with the threat of invasion, War Weapon Weeks was a way to encourage people to save in War Bonds and similar Government schemes to help re-arm. This advert was one of many which appeared in the local newspaper advertising a local ‘War Weapons Week”   February 15th – 20th (1941) Bromley’s War Weapons Week Get ready to make your money fight Our War Weapons Week is coming! It will be our special chance to help pay for the huge armaments needed to win this war,  Let us…

Local Sporting Enthusiast

This extract was taken from the local newspapers, I do believe this gentleman received the George Medal for bravery.  If anyone has any details on this, then please do contact me with details. Mr Field, of 14 Greenway, Bromley familiarly known as “Sonny” is Deputy Superintendent under the Bromley Corporation, and leader of an A.R.P. rescue party.  He has many friends, and is very popular in the town. Mr Field has had a distinguished career in many branches of sport.  After serving for a number of years in the Navy,…

Police Constable killed in air raid, 1941

  Police-Constable Whitehead Poilice-constable Edgar John Whitehead, who was killed in an air-raid while on duty in the City on January 11th (1941), was the elder son of Mr and Mrs. J. Whitehead , 13 Holybrook Way, Bromley. Police-constable Whitehead, who was only 23 years of age, was educated at Bromley Common School, and later won a scholarship to the local Central School.  On completing his education he was apprenticed to Me. Wade, the electrician, of High Street, Bromley, and two years ago joined the City of London Police. A…