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Cruise liner VOLTAIRE laid up in River Blackwater off Bradwell. She was in the river from 1929 to 7 May 1932. 1931.
Peldon Home Guard photographed outside the Peldon Rose.
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No.3 (Peldon) Platoon - D Coy. - 18th. BN. Essex Home Guard
June 1940 - December 1944
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Back Row 1. Pte. Edgar Reynolds, 2. L/Cpl. V.C. 'Vic' Sheldrake, 3. Pte. Will Nicholas, 4. Pte. W. Bruce Rainbird, 5. Pte. H. 'Bert' Inman, 6. Pte. John R. Starling, 7. L/Cpl R. 'Bob' Brand, 8. Cpl. Phil Nicholas, 9. L.Cpl. E. 'Ted' Martin. 
Centre Row 1. Pte. R.A. Strahl, 2. Pte. Charlie Mason, 3. Pte. James C. Purtell, 4. Pte A.B. 'Bert' Day, 5. Pte. J.C. 'Charlie' Heynes [Haines], 6. Pte. W. 'Billy' Mason, 7. Pte. Luther Smith, 8. Pte. George Talbot, 9. Pte. Charlie Lapwood. 
Front Row 1. Sgt. A.W. 'Bill' Osborne ('Hoppy' - he had a wooden leg), 2. Sgt. F.G. 'Bunny' Unwin, 3. Lt. L.F. 'Leo' Michael-Smith Lt, 4. Lt. Basil (Ivan) Pullen 1st Lt, 5. Sgt. Les Mole, 6. Sgt. George Coates, 7. Cpl. R. 'Bob' Ponder. 
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The following were not resent when the photograph was taken: L/Cpl. H.E. Bass, Ptes. A.B. Balls, E.R. Balls, W.H. Balls, A.B. Carter, C.C. Collins, W. Knight, J. Knight, O. Neville, J.W. Pratt, F. Purtell.
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The mascot was a tame fox Renny held by B.I. Pullen. Hoppy Osborne was the dispatch rider. Ivan Pullen's family kept the Peldon Rose.
Large photo on mount, from West End Studios, Colchester. Back of photo says Photo including Mr Lee Michael Smith. But there is a large mounted photograph with a full caption in the Peldon Rose cDecember 1944. Photo: Leo Michael-Smith Collection
David Mussett painting the weathervane pole on top of West Mersea Church tower. David had previously shinned up the pole to put the weathervane in its hole 1985. Photo: David Mussett Collection
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.
Salcott Church, before the chancel was rebuilt. 
The old chancel had been in ruins for some time. There was a major restoration 1892-93 where a new chancel was added on the old foundations. 
The last service in before restoration was 10 July 1892. The first service in the new chancel was 13 June 1893 [T.B. Millatt].
</p><p>There is a copy of the photograph in the Salcott Baptism Register 1813-1905 1892. Photo: T.B. Millatt
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