Miss Beatrix Batten

It’s always nice to see women receiving awards for their efforts. Here we have Miss Beatrix Batten, Commandant of Abbey Lodge V.A.D. Hospital, Chislehurst awarded the M.B.E She was born in April 1886 and lived with her parents and sister at Foxdeane in Lower Camden, Chislehurst. Her father was a solicitor. Known as Trixie she graduated from Girton College, Cambridge. She volunteered with the Red Cross in 1913 and rose to become Area Commandant. She was awarded the Red Cross War Medal for over 1000 hours of unpaid work during…

Update to Military Ancestors database

I have recently updated my database on Military Ancestors. I am therefore pleased to announce that the database now contains names from World War 2, from the outbreak of war in 1939 to the end of 1940.   The database is very easy to use, but please use the advice below to help you narrow down your search. Help and Advice The site allows you to make searches using surnames, but also keywords such as road names, regiments, locations. You can use the main search box facility but also you…

Captain John Champion Faunthorpe, C.B.E., M.C.

Born in Battersea on 30th May, 1871, John Champion Faunthorpe was the son of the Reverend John Pincher Faunthorpe, who at the time of the award was living at Elmfield, Bromley Common, and was living in Bromley at least in 1881 and 1891. He was educated at Oxford and served in the Indian Civil Service, arriving in India in 1892. He gained a formidable reputation as a big game hunter, (bagging (among other things) more than three hundred tigers. He was posted to various locations in India). He married Amy Frances…

Sergeant H E A Squelch, D.C.M.

Sergeant H E A Squelch served with the Wireless Section, Royal Engineers, and was the only son of Mr and Mrs Henry Squelch of Crown Lane, Bromley Common, formerly of Keston. He was on the postal staff at Chislehurst. He enlisted in the Royal West Kents in September, 1914, and was soon made a sergeant. His citation reads: 197871 Lance-Corporal H E A Squelch: For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He has at all times displayed conspicuous courage and marked ability in the performance of his duties, which involved…