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Repton Dixon's Stores in Church Road, West Mersea. All the shop staff.
1. Bessie Dixon (with her tongue out), 2. Pat Franklin, 3. Susan Hales, 4. Carol Dixon, 5. Percy Bacon.
<b>Pat Franklin</b> and her husband Gil (Gilbert) Franklin lived in Kingsland House in Kingsland Road which used to be a school. It was such a huge house and the upkeep was mind blowing. In the end they sold it up on condition it was kept intact as it was such a wonderful old house. Their wishes were not upheld and it was levelled and re-developed very soon after. 
<b>Susan Hales</b> she married Danny Williamson in 1967, He used to ride huge motor-bikes. Susan was a lovely bubbly girl.
<b>Carol Dixon</b> - little old me in the brown overall and then my beloved Percy Bacon, my we had some fun in those days but we worked hard and the days were long.
In the evening after the shop shut at 6pm we had a meal and then I had to cash up all the tills, agree them and put the float back for the next day. Then all the duplicate invoices had to be entered into the ledger for every sale that day 'on-tick' which would be put on the customers monthly accounts at the end of every month. All this was done by hand entry, no machines in those days and the till roll was folded into lengths of about 10 inches and each section added up using mental arithmetic. In the summer days when holiday makers were down the till roll could easily be 10 to 15 foot long and if the cash did not agreee with the pencilled entries on the till roll it was a long night! The off-licence had a separate till and ledger so I was rarely finished before 8pm and we opened at 8am.
Part of CW3_105. c1965. Photo: Carol Wyatt Collection
William and George Hoy. Taken while on his last leave. Killed in Action. 
Ivy Hoy, Haycock's Farm, East Mersea Essex. The one side face is the one which was killed.
The above notes are on back of Julie Rison's copy of the photograph - see <a href=mmphoto.php?typ=ID&hit=1&tot=1&ba=cke&bid=JRN_002>JRN_002 </a> 
This copy has Chummy and Bill on it - Chummy was George's nickname.
</p><p>Harris William Hoy baptised 14 Sep 1894, killed in action 17 February 1917. See Not Just a Name by Roger Bullen, page 61.
George Henry Hoy baptised 6 Aug 1882.
  24 September 1916. Photo: Heather Haward Collection
The beach, titled The Esplanade, West Mersea. Postcard by E T W Dennis, mailed 31 August 1921 Before August 1921. Photo: Peter Godfrey Collection
The LORD WARDEN at Church Wharf Salcott unloading flints, c1920. Her skipper at this time was Jack Spitty. 
Used in Down Tops'l page 65 - caption is:
LORD WARDEN after a stack at Salcot, where the creek is now dammed. On this trip the LORD WARDEN's skipper met his future wife, and they were married in the church hard by. Their son has been named after the barge. Page 123 names the skipper as Jack Spitty and his son as Victa Warden Spitty.
LORD WARDEN was built Sandwich 1891 for William Jas. Hughes, Official No. 97705. She was later owned by Clem Parker at Bradwell and Wakeley Bros of Rainham. c1920.
The urn and cremated bones from Mersea Barrow, back in Mersea after 100 years. The green glass urn was made by the Romans, about 1,900 years ago. The urn was taken to Colchester 25 May 1912 after the excavation of the Barrow, and returned to Mersea on loan from Colchester Museum 23 April 2012.
Hazzledine Warren records the bowl as being height 11 6/16 inches, diameter 12 14/16 inches, opening of mouth 3 2/16 inches, across ring 7 2/16 inches, width of ring 2 inches, thickness of sides 1/16 inch. 23 April 2012. Photo: Tony Millatt
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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.
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