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A Primrose bus with a Berry's bus behind and the first taxi on the Island, taken outside the White Hart, West Mersea.
The taxi is 'Hoppy' Hewes's Model T LX7754.
The Primrose bus is a Karrier, LT8426.
Sailing barge CLIFF loading hay on Mersea Hard. Registered Ipswich and built Ipswich 1858, probably by Bayley. Main owner J Cobbold Ipswich. Official No. 20532
1901 Managing Owner Joseph Rawlinson, Forest Gate.
18 Nov 1907 sold to James Edwards, contractor of West Mersea.
3 April 1911 foundered.
A picture from one of the slide shows run in Mersea Museum during opening hours.
From a glass plate bought by David Patient on Ebay c1908. Photo: David Patient Collection
Birch Church of England School. 3rd Form. 1947 ?
Back Row (row 4) L-R 1. John Clark, 2. Michael Williams, 3. David Whybrow, 4. Jimmy Ponder, 5. Tony Partner, 6. Roy Vauhan [Vaughan ?], 7. Ronnie Burmby.
Row 3 standing 1. Pat Bishop, 2. Russell Pulford, 3. Kenneth Graham, 4. John Smith, 5. Mrs Cornhill, 6. Tony Playle, 7. Dennis Johnson, 8. Peter Jones, 9. John Pullford.
Row 2 1. June Mills, 2. Violet Shepperd, 3. Evelyn Hyam, 4. Connie Mansfield, 5. Hazel Ponder, 6. Pamelar White, 7. Dorothy Theobald ?, 8. Ann Fensom.
Front row 1. Tony Andrews, 2. Eddie Theobald, 3. Barry Smith, 4. Ronnie MacClellen, 5. Ray Smith, 6. Andrew Strathern.
Photo 8 TBM B.S. c1947. Photo: T.B. Millatt
Dabchicks first rescue boat during the 1962 Blackwater Barge Match. 
L-R Franki Drinkall, Dad & Mum Drinkall, Bev Drinkall.
Laid up Shell tanker in the background.
Hugh Smith was born 16 July 1888. At the beginning of the War, he volunteered and joined the Essex Regiment, not the Kitchener's Norfolk Regiment as reported in newspapers of the time. He landed at Gallipoli with the Battalion 25 April 1915, and after eight days of fierce fighting was wounded. Hugh was evacuated to Malta and eventually arrived back in England in July. 
He recovered and went with 9th Battalion Essex Regiment to France at the beginning of 1916. Hugh was killed 15 February 1916 in what became known as 'the Battle of the Craters' and is buried in Vermelles British Cemetery.
Hugh Smith was one of six sons born to George Frederick and Mary Overall Smith of Sunset House, Mill Road, West Mersea.
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<p>For more details, see Not Just a Name by Roger Bullen, page 19
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<a href=MMPDFs/J 028 Hugh Smith 23 08 2013.pdf target=ALS>Smith Family Chapter 28</a>
for a detailed biography of Hugh Smith by Alan Smith. It is a PDF and will open in a new window.
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Hugh Smith was one of six sons born to George Frederick and Mary Overall Smith of Sunset House, Mill Road, West Mersea. c1915. Photo: Peter Rudlin Collection
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Mersea Museum has a large collection of images, mainly of Mersea Island and the surrounding area. Those shown here are a small sample.
The images are divided into categories - click on a Category to view a selection.
Each year, a selection of the images with an accompanying audiocommentary form an audio-visual display that is run when the Museum is open.
If you can add to the information we have about an image, such as the names of the people, the place or the date, please Email us.
The collection is always increasing thanks to the kindness of may individuals. If you have photographs that are suitable for our collection, we would be pleased to hear from you. We can just take a digital copy of a photograph and return the original to you.
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