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…

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

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 to land in France. He is mentioned several times in…

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 the trench where Bray had fallen had been blown…

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,…

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…

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…

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…