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Tolleshunt D'Arcy Maypole. Photo: Cedric Gurton Tollesbury
A 1930s postcard showing a Prince Line vessel laid up in the River Blackwater
Harvest - tractor and binder. David Macauley on binder and Jack Pepper on Case tractor. Birch.
Photo 58U2 J.W. Photo: J.W.
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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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
Harvesting in West Mersea with corn stooks standing in the field - in Mersea these were known as traves or traives. Looking across what is known in 2009 as the 'Legion Field', formerly known as Three Acres.
In the background is Barfield Road from what is now Lower 
Kingland Road to Melrose Road. The school is on the left - the belfry on the 'Old' school is still in place. The small bungalow with the sunshine on 
the roof to the right of the picture, was the home of the Whiting family 
for many years. The two pairs of cottages in the right half of the picture have been replaced by modern housing while the two in the centre of the picture remain the same shape but have been modernized.
One of the photographs used in Queen's Estates Souvenir brochure, advertising the sale on 24 August 1907 of a number of building plots in West Mersea. The brochure is in Mersea Museum archives. Before 24 August 1907.
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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.
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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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