Local News Stories during WW2

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

The Men of the Sea: Merchant Navy

A deck boy on a ship on a convoy to Russia What is the Merchant Navy? The merchant navy is a term used to refer to the commercial sector of the maritime industry. The merchant navy has no involvement in military service, but rather the shipping of cargo and people ...
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King Decorates A.P.R. Supervisor

Mr Leslie Harding, Green Street Green Just as the nation were reading the first official account of the rout of the German "invincible" air amada in the Battle of Britain - the greatest air fight in history - last August and September, the King, at Buckingham Palace, on Saturday decorated ...
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Private John Bertram Ecott

Private John Bertam Ecott was the son of John Roland and Edith Miriam Ecott, of Bromley, Kent. He volunteered  in February 1940 and was called up almost immediately.  The Commonweath War Grave Commisson reported his death as being sometime between 07/06/1940 and 18/07/1940.  This report of his death was reported ...
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Boxalls – Our Service Families

Notable Golden Wedding Year Mr and Mrs E.J. Boxall of 28 Nichol Lane, Bromley, who were married exactly 50 years ago last Sunday, March 20, will have cause to remember their golden wedding year since it coincides not only with a year of British victories, but is marked by the ...
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Death of popular local soldier – Leslie Ralph Eden

Leslie Ralph Eden was a sergeant in the 83 Squadron of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.  He lived in Bromley wth his aunt and cousins, but was educated and worked in Camberwell. He was interred into the family grave in Camberwell New Cemetery , Grave 2094 Sergeant L.R. Eden, ...
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Many people caught out with Gas Tests in Bromley

Gas attack tests were conducted during WW2 to prepare civilians for such attacks from the enemy.  This article was published in the local Bromley newspaper explaining, and possibly also warning, its readers to be vigilant and remember to take their gas masks with them everywhere. Gas Tests in Bromley Many ...
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House of Perrings

This featured appeared in the Bromley & District Times in 1941, giving a lovely introduction to the family firm Perring. A furniture company based on value and honesty. It was in 1892 that a new name came to the furniture trade of London when William Perring, a young man from ...
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Caretaker needed for Smallpox Hospital – Job Advert, 1941

Looking for a job? Here’s a good one for a couple – but the remunerations is somewhat uneven but they do get accommodation (no children) and rations and washing. So maybe for the right couple it would be a good opportunity. West Kent Joint Hospital Board Caretakers of Smallpox Hospital ...
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Sending Parcels to the Front Line

Right from the outset of the second world war, British railways were the mainstay of the internal transport system.  They were used extensively for transporting goods and war equipment, as well as troops and evacuated children.  Railways had proved harder to bomb and much easier to repair than alternative modes ...
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Highest Scout Honour Given, 1941

The Silver Wolf scouting award is the highest award given out by The Scout Association.  It is an unrestricted gift of the Chief Scout and awarded "for services of the most exceptional character." The award itself consists of a Silver Wolf suspended from a dark green and yellow neck ribbon. During ...
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