The ashes of a woman from Bromley who was part of the Women’s Volunteer Services with the Queen during World War II have been laid to rest. Lilian Tidy was 92 when she died earlier this year, and her ashes have been placed in the wishing well in her front garden alongside those of her husband, who died in 2007.
Mrs Tidy lived in Bromley and was a keen volunteer during the war. She was part of the same volunteer service as the Queen, and she also married her husband in the same year as the Queen and Prince Philip. When they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary, the Queen sent them a special letter to congratulate them.
Mrs Tidy and her husband, Richard, were childhood sweethearts. They met around the age of 12 when they played together with a group of friends, and they married in 1947 after the war ended. During their life together, they raised three children and had three grandchildren. In her later life, she remained an active member of the community, working alongside the Pisces swimming club in Beckenham.
Anyone who wishes to make a donation in Mrs Tidy’s memory can do so through St Christopher’s Hospice (www.stchristophers.org.uk).
We’d love to hear any family stories you have of people who volunteered during the Second World War, especially if they knew Lilian. You can comment below with any memories or tales they might have told.