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Sergeant F.G. Unwin, No. 72274 134 Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps. Bunny served in France 1916 - 1918 and was awarded the Military Medal for Gallantry.
The 1918 Absent Voters list for West Mersea has him living at Upland House.
During WW2, Bunny served in the Home Guard. c1918. Photo: Alan Smith Collection
West Mersea School - chick rearing. Connie Smith, Joan Mole, Eva Harmer - Eleanor Geddes c1930. Photo: Rose and Len Harvey Collection
Will Nicholas on a tractor, probably from the 1950s. The Nicholas family were at Malting Farm. 1950s. Photo: Linda Di Mizio
Birch Church c1905. <b>This church is about to be demolished! Feb 2014</b> 
The back of the card is divided, saying this space may now be used for communication - a change introduced in 1902.
The church is now [2013] derelict.
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February 2014 the church is likely to be demolished. There is a petition to try and save it. Colchester & NE Essex Building Preservation Trust have written:

St Peter's Church, Birch has stood empty for more than 24 years.

It is now derelict and the Diocese of Chelmsford wish to demolish it.

The Trust is campaigning to save the building and has recently completed a viability study. This has identified a proposal to convert most of the building into a family home.

Regrettably, despite having found a willing buyer for the church who is prepared to spend £1,200,000 restoring this iconic landmark, the Church Commissioners in consultation with the Diocese of Chelmsford, have decided to proceed with their plans to demolish.

In our opinion, this is unnecessary destruction of local heritage. The resultant harm will not only be in the loss of this Grade II listed building but also the detrimental impact of the loss on the Birch Conservation Area and the surrounding landscape.
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<p>Sign a petition to save the church:
<a href=http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/save-birch-church.html target=_new>
www.gopetition.com/petitions/save-birch-church.html</a> (Opens in a new window) c1905.
The ash tree at the bottom of Great Wigborough Rectory in 1944. Mersea in the distance.
Hay is being gathered in the field below, Haycocks are being loaded on the cart - horse drawn. Many farms could not afford or did not want to use tractors at this time.
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