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…

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,…

National War Bonds – invest every shilling you possibly can!

No sum can be too large! Another example of an advert, often seen in local newspapers, encouraging local people to invest ‘every shilling’ they could, so they can buy their towns ‘own’ gun to help their boys on the Front line, by investing in National War Bonds and War Savings Certificates to help pay for the war.   FIRE your Money at the Huns Join the throngs of patriotic investors who all this week have been hurrying to lend their money to their country. Draw out your savings and buy War Bonds.  Back up…

Where they have succeeded Chislehurst will not fail – War Weapons Week, 1918

Help us to win Our Gun Adverts like this were often featured in local newspapers encouraging local people to invest their money in National War Bonds and War Saving Certificates to help buy weapons.  This advert was a chance for Chislehurst to show that they could save as much as other towns to invest in National War Bonds and War Savings Certificates to help pay for the war. Other districts have achieved as much – districts no larger, no richer no more patriotic than ours.  A total of £12,500 savings was wanted from Chislehurst in…