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Newspaper cutting "Two Youths killed in Minefield". Tragic end to shooting trip at East Mersea. Youths were named as Ian Victor Michell (17) and Vincent John Magson (16).
Paul Jasper knew Ian Michell well. He says: The boys killed were Ian Michell and Vincent Magson. They are buried just inside the Firs Road Cemetery, near the present-day cremations. Ian was an only-child and lived in Firs Chase. He has a cousin - Pat Wilson - in Plymouth. Vincent Magson lived in Rainbow Road. They had been shooting rabbits - Paul thinks they were between Decoy and East Mersea Hall and Don Proctor thinks it was near Kiddiesland. A rabbit was inside the barbed wire, in a minefield. They went to get it and a mine went off.
Date: 16 March 1945
Photo: Mersea Museum - David Mussett Collection
Image ID SBA10_023_001
This image is part of the Mersea Museum Collection.