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VULTURE completed in 1907 at Forrestt and Son, Wivenhoe Shipyard. Yard No. 568 steel tunnel screw steam launch for Crown Agents. Engine by Plenty & Son Ltd, Newbury, 135ihp 10 knots. [Ships built on River Colne - John Collins].
Digby Bros. General Ironmongers.
Digbys' Corner, West Mersea
Wireless Sets
Efficient Radio Service by E.P Digby
From Digby's Tide Table 1926
Accession No. P608-3 1926.
A barge leaving Mersea having discharged timber on the Hard. Two packing sheds are visible on the left. 
A picture from one of the slide shows run in Mersea Museum during opening hours. Photo: Martin Wade Collection
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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<p>For more details, see Not Just a Name by Roger Bullen, page 19
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<a href=MMPDFs/J 028 Hugh Smith 23 08 2013.pdf target=ALS>Smith Family Chapter 28</a>
for a detailed biography of Hugh Smith by Alan Smith. It is a PDF and will open in a new window.
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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
HK 5085 - a Primrose Buses' Mersea charabanc in Stanwell Street by the Roman wall. Before the St John's Street bus park was opened in 1926, buses stood outside the Hippodrome in High Street, but were limited to 15 minutes there, so would use Stanwell Street for parking. After 1926, a few buses still used Stanwell Street.
</p><p>The driver is Bob Woodward and the conductor is thought to be Kenny Thorp - the photograph came from Bob's daughter Janet and she thought it was Kenny because he normally worked with her father. Before 1926. Photo: Janet Woodward Collection
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