People of Bromley (WW1)

With the help of the Military Ancestors website, I have been able to piece together some of the stories of local soldiers and nurses who fought in World War 1 through their obituaries, awards and mentions in the Bromley & District Times.


Mr H G Milstead, 1915

Mr H.G. Milstead

Whilst working for the Standard Bank in Mombasa, Mr H.G. Milstead became the South Africa correspondent for the Bromley & District Times. Mr H.G. Milstead was the only son of Mr & Mrs H.H. Milstead of Hawes Road Bromley. He married Miss Doris May Bagnall, 2nd daughter of Mr & Mrs Bagnall of Cape Town, at ...
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Private Ernest W Bridgen

Private Ernest W. Brigden

Private Ernest W. Brigden was serving with the Worcestershire Regiment when he was killed action in November 1914, aged 22. His family had lived in the Crays (Bromley) for some years and then Swanley for 6 years. Information sourced from the Bromley & District Times 1914-1920 Researched using the FREE database at www.militaryancestors.co.uk ...
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Harry Ludlow

Harry Ludlow, Seaman

Harry Ludlow was one of three brother serving in the First World War.  He served for the Royal Navy onboard HMS Duncan (c.1914) and then HMS Landrail. He was also an old Boy of Raglan Road School, Bromley Information sourced from the Bromley & District Times 1914-1920 Researched using the FREE database at www.militaryancestors.co.uk ...
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Guardsman James Williams

Guardsman James Williams

James Williams was the son of Mr & Mrs F Williams and brother to Mr W Williams who was assistant steward of Swanley Junction Working Men's Club and Institute. His father had served 21 years in the British Army, for some years with the Grenadier Guards and served through the Egyptian campaign in 1882. As an ...
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Private Frederick Norman Ayles

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 ...
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Gunner WH King_1914

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 ...
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Private T Smith_1914

Private T Smith, 1914

This is Private T. Smith who served in the First World War.  I want to link him to the correct reference in my Military Ancestors database. Can you tell from this photo which regiment he belonged to? The list of possibilities is: Queen's Royal West Surrey Regiment Royal West Kent Regiment J Battery, Royal Horse ...
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Private John Ludlow

Private John Ludlow

Private John Ludlow was one of three brothers serving in the First World War.  He was a member of the Army Service Corps and stationed in Ireland. Information sourced from the Bromley & District Times 1914-1920 Researched using the FREE database at www.militaryancestors.co.uk ...
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Lieutenant L M Powell

Lieutenent L M Powell

Second Lieutenant L.M. Powell, of Chislehurst was killed in action on 17th June 1915.  He is listed on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission database as being part of the 3rd Battalion. attd. 1st Battalion, Gordon Highlanders. Please do contact me if you have any further information about this soldier. Source: St Mary Cray, Orpington District Times, 7th January 1916.  ...
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Amos David John Friend

Amos David John Friend

Amos D J Friend a member of the Royal Field Artillery. Son of Mr Alfred Friend and brother to Horace A T Friend Mentioned in the Bromley & District Times on the 2nd October, 1914. He is noted as being added to the Cudham Roll of Honour in 1916 ...
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Horace Alfred Thomas Friend

Horace A T Friend

Horace Alfred Thomas Friend was the son of Mr Alfred Friend and brother to Amos D J Friend. He was with the Mounted Police in London before serving with the colours during WW1.Horace A T Friend He is commemorated on the Cudham Roll of Honour. Source: Bromley & District Times (search via www.militaryancestors.co.uk) ...
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Lieut John Peake Knight

Captain John Peake Knight

Captain John Peake Knight, of Sundridge Mansions, was the son of James Percy and Ellen Gray Knight, of 17, Castle Hill Avenue, Folkestone; and Grandson of the late Mr J P Knight for many years manager of the London Brighton and South Coast Railway. He attended Quernmore School. He had married his cousin, Miss Olive Phyllis Wall ...
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Private Charles Mitchell

Private Charles Mitchell

Private Charles Mitchell was the son of Mrs H Mitchell of Chatterton Road, Bromley, and was an old boy of Raglan Road Boy's School. He signed up to the Royal West Kent Regiment at the outbreak of war. Source: Bromley & District Times, October 1914 (searched via www.militaryancestors.co.uk) ...
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Hugh Bertram Neely

Hugh Bertram Neely, 2nd-Lieutenant

Hugh Bertram Neely was 2nd-Lieutenant of the 3rd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment (attached to 1st Battalion). He was the second son of William and Clare Neely, of Ruxley House, Widmore Road, Bromley. His brother Clive William Neely also fell in World War 1 in Basra. Hugh was educated at Quernmore School, Lancing College and then to Rouen ...
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Rifleman James Hodson

Rifleman James William Hodson

James William Hodson, a native of Orpington, was a  member of the 2nd Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps. His parents, William and Mary Ann Hodson, lived at 1 Bank Cottages, Lower Rd., St. Mary Cray, Kent. He was killed in action on the 21st May 1915, aged 23 Featured in the Bromley & District Times, 24th May 1918, ...
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Private Edward Butcher

Private Edward Butcher

Edward Butcher was the younger son of Mr William Butcher of Spout Hill Cottage, West Wickham. Prior to World War 1, he was a member of the Territorial Force (Croydon) for 7 years and joined the Queen's Surrey Regiment about 2 years before the war broke out. He was in the band, a First Class ...
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Gunner Walter Bax

Gunner Walter Bax

Walter Bax was part member of a large family of boys, who were all in the Army.  The son of Mr Alfred W. Bax and Clara E. Bax, of 17 North Road, Bromley, Kent.  He was brother to Private George Bax. Walter was an old boy of Wharton Road School in Bromley and had worked for ...
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Private George Bax

Private George Bax

George Bax was the son of Mr Alfred Bax,  of North Road, Bromley.  Brother to Gunner Walter Bax He joined up when war broke out and was at Tilbury Fort, an artillery fort on the north bank of the River Thames, London.  He was a member of the 4th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment. [source: Bromley & District ...
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Stoker Fred Arthur Foot 1915

Fred Arthur Foot, Stoker

1st Class Stoker Fred Arthur Foot, the son of William Foot of Hartford Lane, Bexley, served on board the HMS Test.  He died of pneumonia while on duty in the Grand Fleet on the 24th Mar 1915, aged just 19. His funeral was held at St Mary's, Bexley on the 19th April 1915. [source: www.militaryancestors.co.uk] ...
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Lieutenant J L Miller-Hallett 1915

Lieutenant J L Miller-Hallett

2nd Lieutenant J L Miller-Hallett (possibly John Lionel) was the youngest son of Mr & Mrs A Miller-Hallett of Goddington near Chelsfield, Orpington. He was a member of the Indian Army attached to the 3rd Fusilliers, and passed into the Indian Army at outbreak of war from Sandhurst College.  His brother, 2nd-Lieutenant J A Miller-Haller had obtained his commission ...
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Private Frank Offin 1914

Private Frank Offin

Private Frank Offin was one of 3 brothers who served in the First World War.  His father, Mr F Offin, lived in Vale Cottages, Mason's Hill, Bromley. He was a member of the 6th (Service) Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment, stationed at Purfleet. [source: www.militaryancestors.co.uk] ...
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Private Herbert Venters 1914

Private Herbert Venters

Herbert Venters was the son of Mr & Mrs W Venters of Wharton Road, Bromley.  He had attended Wharton Road Council School. He was mentioned in the Bromley  & District Times onthe 25th Spetember 1914 as having joined up in the February and had volunteered for foreign service.  He became a member of the 5th Royal West Kent Regiment. He ...
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Stanley William Reuben Friend 1914

Stanley William Reuben Friend

Stanley William Reuben Friend was the son of Mr Alfred Friend and a member of the Royal Field Artillery. Mentioned in the Bromley & District Times newspaper on the 2nd October 1914 ...
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Private William Conway 1914

Private William Conway

A member of the Army Service Corps, who lived in Wharton Road, Bromley. He was reported on in the Bromley & District Times on the 16th October 1914. [source: www.militaryancestors.co.uk] ...
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2nd-Lieutenant C H Viney 1914

2nd-Lieutenant Cecil Henry Viney

Cecil Henry Viney was the son of Mr & Mrs C T Viney of Dartmouth, Durham Avenue, Bromley, who had been residents at South Hill Park for many years. His father was a Church warden at St Mark's church, Bromley. Cecil was educated at South Lodge, Enfield Chase & Winchester. When war broke out he was a ...
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2nd Lieutenant Ferdinand Marshall-Townshend 1915

2nd Lieutenant Ferdinand Marsham-Townshend

The younger son of the late Hon Robert Marsham-Townshend, of Frognal, Sidcup, Ferdinand Marsham-Townshend was a 2nd Lieutenant in the 2nd Battalion Scots Guards. He died on the 16th May 1915, aged 35. At first he was missing, but his body was found and buried. Cut off with a party of Scots Guards he preferred death to surrender. His ...
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Lieutenant Oswald Payne 1915

Lieutenant Oswald Payne

Lieutenant (John) Oswald Payne was the son of Mr & Mrs Frederick Payne of New Farm, Bromley. Prior to the war, he was a junior partner in the firm of Baxter, Payne, and Lepper, (Bromley and Beckenham), and a Fellow of the Surveyors' Institution and secretary of the Kent Branch of the Land Union. Payne ...
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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 ...
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Sergeant Albert Ludlow -1914

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 ...
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Sergeant A E Smith - 1914

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 ...
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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, ...
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Leading Seaman William B Bumstead - 1914

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 ...
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Cyril Percival Thatcher - 1914

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 ...
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Signalman Charles Clarke 1914

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 ...
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Captain J C Faunthorpe

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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Military Medal for Corp. C Brown

It will be learnt with much pleasure by residents of Farnborough that a gallant soldier, well known to many of them, has been awarded the Military Medal for devotion to duty during battle.  Corporal C Brown, of the Middlesex Regiment, was employed in the nursery and market garden of Mr W Lawrence, at Crofton Road ...
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Military Cross for Lieut. H D Reynolds

It will be learnt with great pleasure that another son of Mr and Mrs Reynolds, of  Morden Lodge, Shortlands, Lieutenant Herbert D Reynolds, East Lancs Regiment has been awarded the Military Cross for gallant conduct in recent operations.  Lieutenant Reynolds was personally congratulated upon the field before his regiment by his Divisional General upon his ...
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Award for Gallantry – Corporal Bert Taylor

AWARDS FOR GALLANTRY: CORPORAL BERT TAYLOR Corporal Bert Taylor, of the Queen’s Westminster Rifles, who has been awarded the Military Medal, is the second son of Mr & Mrs William Taylor, of 3 Highfield Cottages, Swanley Junction. He is 27 years of age and attended the Farningham Hill School, being afterwards employed at Messrs W ...
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Tribute to Captain Ross

10th March, 1916 page 10 CORPORAL GUTTERIDGE’S LETTERS: TRIBUTE TO CAPTAIN ROSS Last week we had two communications from Corporal Gutteridge, of Bromley, 1324, B Company, 8th Royal West Kent Regiment, whose cheery and optimistic letters are always welcome, although indeed they are but characteristic, as our readers know, of all the letters from the ...
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Private George Bumstead

Son of Mr C H Burns, and one of one of 3 brothers on active service.  Private George Bumstead lived on Addison Road, Bromley. Member of the 3rd Dragoon Guards -  stationed in Egypt, but is now with the Expeditionary Force Sources www.militaryancestors.co.uk Bromley & District Times - 20th Nov 1914, page 3 ...
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William Henry Thatcher

Son of Mr & Mrs J Thatcher of Great Elms Road, Bromley, and one of 5 brothers. Member of the Nigerian Land Contingent. His military service during the war was in Nigeria employed on the Government Railway. Source: www.militaryancestors.co.uk Bromley & District, 30th October 1914, page 4 ...
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Private Sidney Thomas Miller

Another of our brave young heroes to pass silently to rest, as a result of wounds received whilst fighting his country’s enemies, is Sidney Thomas Miller, son of Mr & Mrs Miller, of Vauxhall Place, Lowfield Street, Dartford. Admitted on March 15th to hospital in France, suffering from severe shrapnel wounds in his left arm ...
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Lieutenant Arthur Gerard Tapp

The Military Cross has been awarded to Lieutenant Arthur Gerard Tapp, R.F.A. (Royal Field Artillery), for gallantry in the field. Lieutenant Tapp is the son of Mr and Mrs Arthur Tapp, who lived for many years in Highland Road, Bromley, before taking up their abode at Horley, Surrey, and a grandson of the late Mr ...
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Lieutenant Thomas Edward Coney Fisher

Lieutenant Thomas Edward Coney Fisher of the East Lancashire Regiment was a gallant young officer, who fell while leading his men into action on the first day of the great British offensive last year (the Battle of the Somme).  Lieutenant Fisher was the elder son of Captain E Fisher, Royal Jersey Militia, and Military Representative ...
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Gordon Ewart Thatcher

Obituary for Gordon Ewart Thatcher, a Petty Officer on the Destroyer "Cherwell" was reported in the Bromley & District Times, 30th October 1914, [pg 4] His pre-war military service included serving on the "Encounter" when Lord Kitchener visited New Zealand.  During the war he was in the Red Sea expecting an engagement with the German ...
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Corporal H W Mummery

Mrs Mummery, Albion Road, Marden, has received news that her husband, Corporal H W Mummery, King’s Own Royal Lancasters, has been killed in the recent fighting at the Front. He was the eldest son of Mr & Mrs Mummery of Star Road, Ashford, and late of Bromley. He was educated at the Bickley and Widmore ...
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Corporal C. Smart

Served with the Honourable Artillery Company. He was the son of Frederick Smart of Thornhayes, London Lane, Bromley.  His brother Geoffrey Smart also served in the Honourable Artillery Company Before taking up service, Claude was an artist by profession and studied at the Carlton Studios. He had won two King's prizes in one year. The Honourable Artillery ...
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Gunner R E Mockridge

Much sympathy is felt with Mrs Mockridge, of Bromley Gardens, who has received new that her husband, Gunner Robert Edward Mockridge, was killed in action in France on September 2nd. The news was conveyed in a letter from the Major of his battery, in which that officer says:-  He was struck on the head by ...
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Lance-Corporal Christopher Paul Conway

He was a member of the 5th Battalion, Royal, volunteered for foreign service and probably went to Jubbelpore in India for garrison duty.. Lived at Wharton Road, Bromley One of 4 brothers; Private Stephen Conway, Private William Conway, Corporate Albert George Conway. [source: Bromley & Kentish Times, 16th October 1914, pg 5] ...
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Petty-Officer James Green

It was reported that he had given 8 years services, serving with the Royal Navy on HMS Stag Bromley & Kentish Times, 6th November 1914 [Source: Military Ancestors] ...
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Bandsman Arthur Warwick

He was a Bandsman with the 2nd Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby), who was killed in action in France on 20th September 1914. His military number was 1045. The Bromley & Kentish Times reported that he had spent 6.5 years in India and was at home on a 6 months furlough when he was called ...
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Gunner Ernest Nelms

He was with the Royal Field Artiller. A shell from one of the enemy's large guns fell close to the gun that Nelms was serving and devastated all around inflicting terrible injuries, who was close to death when he left the field. He was reported to have a sister, Mrs A Jinks living in Kingston, ...
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Private L.W. Johnson

Taken from the Bromley & District Times, 25th December, 1917 (pg 3) I thought you might like to have a few lines from one of the Bromley boys, so have written a few lines about this country ...
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Miss Margaret James Birkett

Bromley & District Times, 25th December 1914, pg 4 A nurse with the Red Cross, Miss Birkett had taken up nursing 3 years earlier. Her knowledge of French was invaluable when nursing the Belgian soldiers. She lived at Summerhill Villas, Chislehurst. The newspaper reported that she had been ill on the Tuesday (22nd Dec), very ill and ...
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Sergeant E.S. Mussell

Served in the 1st Battalion Royal West Kent Regiment. An Army Reservist who had served in Malta previously. He had married Miss Bessie Hilda Thompson, daughter of Mr H Thompson of Farnborough, 3 years previously, and had 2 sons aged 1 and 2. He was called up on 5th August 194; left for France the following ...
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You might also be interested in the the letters written by local soldiers on the Front Line which were published in the Bromley & District Times newspaper.

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