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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
Ice piled up on the beach at West Mersea, in the hard winter of 1962-63. There was a lot of ice in the river and the creeks round Mersea were all frozen, except for a patch west of the Packing Shed. It was possible to walk from the causeway across to Feldy. cJanuary 1963.
Birch Church of England School. An aerial view, late 1950s. The staff room to the north of the main building was added in 1957, together with new toilets. The previous toilets had been behind the main building and used buckets, emptied by the school caretaker. The sewerage plant for the new toilets is to the northwest, just beyond the Air Raid Shelters. The car in front of the staff room is probably the Headmaster's Morris Minor MXO419.
The top of the War Memorial Cross and the church spire just show at the bottom of the picture.
Photo 39 B.S. After 1957. Photo: Birch School
On smack PHANTOM returning from Maldon Carnival mid 1920s.
Names roughly L-R 
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1. Kathie Vince 2. Ethel Green 3. Ella Green 4. Dot Green (Mrs Ock Green) with teapot 5. Florence Vince with cup 6. Mabel Farthing (Mrs Arthur Benns) 7. Ron Vince 8. Bert Vince looking through between mast and mainsail 9. Harry Vince holding halyard 10. Mrs Lee 11. Edna Vince (Mrs Sparkes) eating biscuit 12. Peter Vince 13. Mr Lee 14. Syd Vince. 1920s.
Smack MARY racing in a Regatta, around 1949. Bill Baker at the helm. 
Known locally as 'big' MARY. c1949.
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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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