Local News Stories during WW2

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

Getting a Good Night’s Rest in the Public Shelter

During early 1941 Britain was still in the midst of the Blitz, with no idea how long it was going to last.  The Ministry of Home Security issue a number of adverts in local and national newspapers to help prepare ...
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Invitation to the Dance

Cadets of the HMS Worcester at their evacuation home, invited girls of the A.T.S. to their dance at end of term The HMS Worcester (1860), was formerly HMS Frederick William, and served between 1876 and 1948, and was an 86-gun screw-propelled first-rate ship of ...
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The realities of life during a WW2 air raid

Reports in local newspaper gave a harrowing account of what life was like during the height of the air raids attacks by the German during the Battle of Britain.  Whilst it became the norm to take shelter whilst a battle ...
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Billy Brown’s Own Highway Code

Billy Brown of London Town was a cartoon character, drawn by English cartoonist David Langdon OBE, who featured on the London Transport posters and in local newspapers during World War 2.  Brown's appearance was that of a City of London businessman of the ...
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The Lock Brothers

Here the Bromley & District Times celebrated another band of brothers who served on the Front Line during WW2.  Their mother, already a widow, must have been beside herself with worry that she may lose them all to this awful war! Three ...
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Decorated Soldier marries Sweetheart, 1940

It's always exciting to read about military personnel who were awarded honours for the services in the war. Here I found Pilot-Officer Frank Henderson Denton who was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (D.F.C.).  The D.F.C. is the third-level military decoration awarded ...
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Building Your Air Raid Shelter

Step by Step guide to building your own Air Raid Shelter ...
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Raider Crashes at Bromley, 1940

Three of Crew Killed FOURTH BALES OUT AND SURRENDERS Two Houses Wrecked Crippled some miles away by the accurate anti-aircraft fire of the gunners of London' barrage, a German Heinkel 111 swooped low over the Bromley district on Saturday evening. The pilot's ...
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What to Do Before Going into Your Shelter

Before, during and after the raid What to do before going into your Shelter - and the help that is ready if your home is hit. Before you leave the house, turn off all gas taps, including pilot jets, and ...
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Mothers Save Your Children!

In order to keep civilians safe during the Second World War, the Government set up an operation to protect people, especially children, by evacuating them away from the towns and cities which were of high risk from aerial bombing and ...
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