Local News Stories during WW2

Read about the stories that made the local newspapers during World War 2.

Flying Officer Peter Loat of Orpington

Flying Officer Peter E.A. Loat: Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross

The Battle of Cape Matapan was a Second War engagement between British Imperial and Axis forces, fought from 27–29 March 1941. The cape is on the south-west coast of the Peloponnesian peninsula of Greece. Following the interception of Italian signals by the Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS) at Bletchley ...
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Mrs Marion Edith Bolton, matron of the Sir Robert Jeffery’s Homes, Mottingham receives George Medal

Matron Marion Edith Bolton receives George Medal

Mottingham George Medallist Mrs Marion Edith Bolton, matron of the Sir Robert Jeffery's Homes, Mottingham, received from the King, as a recent investiture at Buckingham Palace, the George Medal which she was awarded for her bravery in rescuing two aged women from a fire at the Homes caused by enemy ...
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Lieutenant Gerald E. Combe, served with Queen’s Own, Royal West Kent Regiment,

Lieutenant Gerald E. Combe

Killed in Action Lieutenant G. E. Combe Lieutenant Gerald E. Combe, of The Queen's Own, Royal West Kent Regiment, previously missing, is now officially reported killed in action in Belgium in May, 1940. He was the younger son of Mr and Mrs H.W. Combe, of Elmbank Hotel, Sundridge Avenue, and ...
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Flying Officer Eric Charles Whitehead, 1941

Flying Officer Eric Charles Whitehead

Flying Officer Eric Charles Whitehead was the son of William and Selina Whitehead of Bromley, Kent, and the husband of Cynthia Eva Beatrice Whitehead, of Chislehurst, Kent. He died on the 17th July 1941 and is commemorated at Escoublac-la-Baule war cemetery in France. Information has just been received by his ...
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Lord Woolton Pie

Lord Woolton Pie: The Official Recipe

Originally called Lord Woolton pie, and later as simply Woolton Pie, this pastry dish of vegetables was widely served in Britain during World War Two when rationing and shortages made other dishes hard to prepare. It was first created at the Savoy Hotel in London by its then Maitre Chef ...
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You Can’t be too Careful: Propaganda Campaign, 1943

"Over 1,000 fires a day are helping Hitler.. so stub it out!" One of the propaganda campaigns which ran nationally during World War 2, was to warn people of the dangers of cigarettes and matches, causing fires and lighting the way for the enemy to find towns and cities. The ...
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Travel Advice: Don’t Travel at Whitsun, 1943

Advice from the Railway Executive Committee advising customers not to  travel on Whitsun 1943 (which fell on Sunday 13th June), due to the trains being used to transport urgent supplies to the battlefront. Whitsun Trains are going to the front! We are on the eve of great events. Now - ...
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Local newspaper advert for children's clothing

Dainty Wear for Tiny Tots

Loving the names of the children's clothing from this advert in the Bromley & District Times from May 1940. The Infant's Art Spun Smock Art Crepe Romper Infant's Dayella Gown Boy's Cotton Buster Suit Girl's Cotton Frock and Knicker Set All Wool Matinee Coat This shop also sold the classic ...
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Canadian Visitor talks to local Toc H group

Toc H (an abbreviation of Talbot House) was styled as an "Every Man's Club", where all soldiers were welcome, regardless of rank. Founded in 1915, by Neville Talbot, a then senior army chaplain, and the Reverend Philip Thomas Byard (Tubby) Clayton, it became a soldiers' rest and recreation centre, with ...
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Rowntree's cocoa advert for its mealtime drink

Rowntree’s Cocoa: Advert from 1943

Rowntree's is a British confectionery business founded at Castlegate, York by Henry Isaac Rowntree, when he purchased the already established Tukes’ cocoa and chocolate business. As a teetotal Quaker, he was able to add to the social side of the business: chocolate drinks were promoted as an alternative to alcohol for the working man ...
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