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Tom Marriage 26 June 1896 to 5 May 1896.
Wounded Arras April 3rd 1917. Left leg amputated 19th April. Died May 5th 1917.
Laid to rest May 6th in the Military Cemetery, Etaples, France.
There is more detail in Not Just a Name, page 101. In it, a letter refers to Tom being wounded 3rd April, but Roger Bullen says that there was confusion over the date Tom was wounded. On the 3rd the Battalion was in camp. 9th April the Battle of Arras commenced. c1916. Photo: Gene and Tony Clifton
Peldon Home Guard photographed outside the Peldon Rose.
Back Row 1. Edgar Reynolds, 2. Vic Sheldrake L/Cpl, 3. Will Nicholas, 4. Bruce Rainbird, 5. Bert Inman, 6. John Starling, 7. Bob Brand L/Cpl, 8. Phil Nicholas, 9. Ted Martin L/Cpl. Centre Row 1. R. Strahl, 2. Charlie Mason, 3. James Purtell, 4. Bert Day, 5. Charlie Haines, 6. Billy Mason, 7. Luther Smith, 8. George Talbot, 9. Charlie Lapwood. Front Row 1. Bill Osborne ('Hoppy' - he had a wooden leg) Sgt, 2. Bunny Unwin Sgt, 3. Leo Smith Lt, 4. Basil (Ivan) Pullen 1st Lt, 5. Les Mole Sgt, 6. George Coates Sgt, 7. Bob Ponder Cpl. 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 Micheal Smith c1944. Photo: Leo Michael-Smith Collection
L-R Emily Farthing, Maud ? Mole, ?
Water a penny a pail.
A curious incident can be seen in old world Essex village of Abberton, by motorists touring in this district on any week-day, where Mr Wright the waterman retails water at 1d a pail. Members of the Wright family have sold water in the village for over a hundred years.
Keeping a car clean would no doubt be an expensive proposition
[The above are from a typewritten note on the back of the photograph].
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<p>From a handwritten note with the photo:
Mrs Elmer (hat), Mrs Hiskey, Mrs Sawkins (Douglas's mother ?), Mr Fred Smith [but this is doubtful - the man has been identified as Norman Wright by his daughter], Girl from Mersea (Milgate ?). 
Water from Radcliffe Sloosh spring, Spring Lane, Fingringhoe, [ By the pond - ] Near Whalebone.
Fred earned 12/6 a week.
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<p>G.W. Rudlin carrier in the background - Arthur Death on the running board and George Rudlin inside.
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Original photograph by L.G. Cosser, Sir Isaac's Walk, Colchester.
</p> c1930. Photo: Peter Rudlin Collection
The Beach, West Mersea Photo: Tony Millatt Collection
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