This database contains an index of some of the books and papers held by Mersea Museum. In some cases the database contains a complete transcription of a book or document.

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Article

Alfred Charles Francis died 3 June 1917
ID IYS_154
Title Alfred Charles Francis died 3 June 1917
Abstract

FRANCIS, ALFRED CHARLES
Rank: Serjeant
Regiment: Royal Field Artillery: "D" Battery. 58th Brigade
Age 23
Date of death 3 June 1917
Service No. ...

Author Edwin Sparrow
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Charles Godfrey Bonner died 27 August 1918
ID IYS_194
Title Charles Godfrey Bonner died 27 August 1918
Abstract

BONNER, CHARLES GODFREY
Rank: Private
Regiment: Coldstream Guards 2nd Battalion. 1st Guards Brigade, Guards Division
Age 34
Date of death 27 August 1918
Service ...

Author Edwin Sparrow
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Edward Ponder of Great Wigborough
ID PH01_EPR
Title Edward Ponder of Great Wigborough
Abstract Edward Ponder of Great Wigborough

Trawling through the Peldon and Wigborough Parish Magazines I came across three articles written by a Wigborough man, Edward Ponder, who I believe was born around 1916 although other biographical information is needed.

The first article is ...

Author Elaine Barker
Published July 2020
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

William Potter Bond died 14 May 1915
ID IYS_078
Title William Potter Bond died 14 May 1915
Abstract

BOND, WILLIAM POTTER (also known as William Edward Bond)
Rank: Private
Regiment: Essex Regiment 2nd Battalion,12th Brigade, 4th Division.
Age 18
Date of death 14 ...

Author Edwin Sparrow
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Peldon People: Harry and Angelina Smith
ID PH01_HWS
Title Peldon People: Harry and Angelina Smith
Abstract Peldon People: Harry and Angelina Smith

Henry William Smith was born in Peldon in 1853 and during his working life he was a horseman on a farm and farm labourer. He married Angelina Cousins (born 1857) in 1875.

In 1935 they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary and in honour ...

Author Elaine Barker
Published July 2020
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

The Whiting Family of Peldon
ID PH01_AGW
Title The Whiting Family of Peldon
Abstract

THE WHITING FAMILY OF PELDON

The picture above is taken outside the front (North West corner) of Games Farmhouse, Lower Road, Peldon, it was passed on by Tony Baldwin whose ...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Mersea Island Horticultural Society
ID DIS2019_MIHS
Title Mersea Island Horticultural Society
Abstract In 2019, the Museum put on a display to celebrate 100 years of Mersea Island Horticultural Society summer shows.

MIHS was founded in 1876 and over the years, several shows have been missed because of wars and even pandemics, so we are now long past the centenary of the society.
The ...

Source Mersea Museum

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Article

A History of Pete Hall - Part 2
ID PH01_PTZ
Title A History of Pete Hall - Part 2
Abstract Pete Hall Peldon Part 2
[ ...
Author Simon Eagle
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

A History of Pete Hall Part 1
ID PH01_PTY
Title A History of Pete Hall Part 1
Abstract Pete Hall
Peldon
1046 - 1987
Part 1

Pete Hall (otherwise known as Peet or Peete Hall) Colchester Road, Peldon, Essex.

It remains uncertain as to when Pete ...

Author Simon Eagle
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Essex Cheese
ID PH01_CSE
Title Essex Cheese
Abstract Essex Cheese

Fingringhoe Wick, Langenhoe Wick, Middlewick, Abbots Wick, Tollesbury Wick are all names we are familiar with in this part of Essex but what does 'Wick' actually mean?

Wicks were in fact shepherds' huts where sheep, grazing on the low-lying marshes of this coast, ...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

The Mystery of Honor Villa and Going's Cottages
ID PH01_HVL
Title The Mystery of Honor Villa and Going's Cottages
Abstract THE MYSTERY OF HONOR VILLA and GOING's COTTAGES

In investigating the history of houses in the village of Peldon where few of them are numbered, without the help of house deeds it is often impossible to identify a house by its current name. Even in Peldon's Tudor wills it is quite common ...

Author Elaine Barker
Published June 2020
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Peldon Tug of War Team
ID PH01_PTW
Title Peldon Tug of War Team
Abstract My recollections of Peldon's contribution towards the sport of Tug-of-War by John Hawes

My first experience of competing in a Tug-of-War competition occurred at the East Mersea village Fete' during early August 1973. At that time I lived in West Mersea, so I was over the border so to ...

Author John Hawes
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

The Martins of Moor Farm
ID PH01_MTN
Title The Martins of Moor Farm
Abstract The Martins of Moor Farm

Moor Farm is the white weather-boarded farmhouse on the right of the main road travelling from Mersea to Colchester a few hundred yards on from The Peldon Rose. It ...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

The Parish Church of St Stephens Great Wigborough. A very short history
ID GWG_CHC
Title The Parish Church of St Stephens Great Wigborough. A very short history
Abstract The Parish Church of St Stephens, Great Wigborough. Under development...

A Short History by T.B. Millatt, probably done in the 1960s

12th Century. Stone Ornament in splay of south do ...

Author Tony Millatt
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Little Wigborough School
ID LWG_SCH
Title Little Wigborough School
Abstract Little Wigborough school was built in 1875 with room for 50 pupils. It was closed by 1894 and all trace has gone. Its location is shown on the map below.

Little Wigborough ...

Author Tony Millatt
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Great Wigborough School
ID GWG_SCH
Title Great Wigborough School
Abstract This is work-in-progress ...

Built 1854
1874 National School, Miss Susannah Humphrey, mistress [ Kelly's Directory ]
1882 National School built 1854 for 60 children, Miss Julia Foddy, ...

Author Tony Millatt
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

The Parish of Great Wigborough
ID SG01_031
Title The Parish of Great Wigborough
Abstract From the book "The Parish Registers of Great and Little Wigborough", by Mrs P.A.F. Stephenson, published in 1905.

Great Wigborough

The Parish of Great Wigborough contains about 2000 acres of land, 3 of water, 5 of tidal water and 80 foreshore. It is 7 miles south-west from ...

Author P.A.F. Stephenson
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Rolls Farm and Malting Farm Peldon - Recollections of Linda di Mizio née ...
ID PH01_LDM
Title Rolls Farm and Malting Farm Peldon - Recollections of Linda di Mizio née Starling
Abstract I don't have much in the way of photos of historical interest, although I could probably contribute some memories of people and places in the village when I grew up. As far as wartime information is concerned I never heard my parents mention the land girls building but my mother used to recall ...
Author Linda Di Mizio
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Mersea benefactors - Mrs Marjorie de Manby
ID DIS2019_MBY
Title Mersea benefactors - Mrs Marjorie de Manby
Abstract Major Alban Henley Olaf de Manbey was born 1881 and in 1906 he married Catherine Ward. In 1917 he was a Captain in the Royal Field Artillery and had been awarded the Military Cross. The family acquired Barrow Hill Farm around 1930, probably after it was put up for sale in 1929. Catherine died in ...
Author Tony Millatt
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Peldon People - Nymann the Dane
ID PH01_NYM
Title Peldon People - Nymann the Dane
Abstract Approaching Abberton and Langenhoe on the main road towards Colchester from Mersea, there is a large, old, dilapidated house on the left completely swamped by overgrown trees, shrubs and brambles - a sharp contrast to Catalpas next door with its manicured hedges. Abandoned to the elements, and I ...
Author Elaine Barker
Published May 2019
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Victory Day Street Party
ID ML2020_006_066
Title Victory Day Street Party
Abstract Photographs of 1945 Victory Celebrations on Mersea are rare. but Mary Crisp née Smith loaned us a picture of the Victory Day Street Party held in the Dawes Lane - East Road area. A similar photograph from Chloe Mole recently appeared on Facebook, with a helpful board at the bottom "Victory ...
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

David Wilson Merchant Seaman - The POW's Story
ID OOD_039
Title David Wilson Merchant Seaman - The POW's Story
Abstract Ronald 'David' Wilson - The POW's Story

DAVID WILSON in 1947 and in ...

Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Thomas Henry Bossence Batten killed in action 29 July 1916
ID IYS_050
Title Thomas Henry Bossence Batten killed in action 29 July 1916
Abstract

BATTEN, Thomas Bossence
Australian Rank: Private Australian Infantry
A.I.F. 26th Battalion
Age 19
Date of death 29 July 1916
Service No. 1718

Author Edwin Sparrow
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Schooling in West Mersea in Victorian Times
ID SCH_VIC
Title Schooling in West Mersea in Victorian Times
Abstract

Schooling in West Mersea in Victorian Times. (1837 - 1901)

Mersea Island is joined to the mainland by a causeway, known locally as the Strood. Even today the Strood is subject to flooding at high tides and, in Victorian times it was made of shingle with posts along each ...

Author Chris Kirkman
Published February 2020
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

The War Years - Peldon. Memoirs of Phyllis Day née Wilson
ID PH01_PDY
Title The War Years - Peldon. Memoirs of Phyllis Day née Wilson
Abstract

Memoirs of Phyllis Day née Wilson

Transcribed by Geoff Gonella

The following account was found tucked into the Memorial Folder at St. Mary's church. It was in the form of a typed manuscript, marked-up with a note that it was an extract from the author's ...

Author Phyllis Day
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Memories of V.E. Day by Kathleen Haines
ID MIS_2009_A34
Title Memories of V.E. Day by Kathleen Haines
Abstract Kathleen Haines recorded her memories of V.E. Day during an exhibition in Mersea Museum, and they were published in Mersea Island Society Mistral Magazine in 2009.

"We were there! We lived in Nottinghamshire at the time, and my father suggested we should have a family day out....and that ...

Author Kathleen Haines
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Memories of Bernie Ratcliffe 1933-1920
ID PH01_RTD
Title Memories of Bernie Ratcliffe 1933-1920
Abstract Bernard Ratcliffe of New Hall Cottages Little Wigborough died April 2020. This obituary was written by Anne Owen for Peldon Parish Magazine

Memories of Bernard Ratcliffe (Bernie)

Bernard Ratcliffe, of 1 New Hall Cottages, Copt Hall Lane, Little Wigborough, sadly passed aw ...

Author Anne Owen
Published May 2020
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

V.E. Day 8 May 1945
ID WW2_VED
Title V.E. Day 8 May 1945
Abstract Victory in Europe Day

There was a party and bonfire in the field between Brierley Hall and Cross Lane to celebrate V.E. Day. ...

Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Memories of WW2 by Mary Jardine
ID MIS_1995_A28
Title Memories of WW2 by Mary Jardine
Abstract This article was written in 1995 by Mary Jardine née French for Mersea Island Society Mistral Magazine.

Yes, I remember, even if it was 50 years ago! In June 1944 I was teaching in Southall in Middlesex when the first V1's began to fly over London. We called them "buzz-bombs" and, ...

Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Memories of World War 2 by M.J. Gethen
ID MIS_1995_A29
Title Memories of World War 2 by M.J. Gethen
Abstract In 1995 Dr Alison Bush talked to Mary 'Joy' Gethen, mainly about Mersea during WW2, and wrote this article for Mersea Island Society Mistral Magazine. Mary was 93 at the time.

Mary Gethen was born in Canada, but came to Colchester when she was three years old , on a visit with her parents. ...

Author Alison Bush
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Thomas Frere and his Connection to the British Slave Trade
ID MARG_127_021
Title Thomas Frere and his Connection to the British Slave Trade
Abstract Thomas Frere and his Family's Connection to the British Slave Trade

East Anglia has been the home of the Frere dynasty from early times and it is considered that they are descended from the Normans. Henry le Frere of Suffolk is the first known recording of the Frere name in England in 1212 ...

Author Trevor Hearn
Keywords pete hall
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Joy Gethen - Mersea Memories
ID MIS_1982_A02
Title Joy Gethen - Mersea Memories
Abstract The text for this article was written by Joyce Gethen for Mersea Island Society Mistral Magazine in 1982. The photographs have been added, some of them from Joyce's collection at Mersea Museum.
Joy Gethen came to Mersea about 1906 at the age of 4 ...

Author M.J. Gethen
Published 1982
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Peldon and The Influenza Pandemic of 1918 - 1919
ID PH01_FLU
Title Peldon and The Influenza Pandemic of 1918 - 1919
Abstract The influenza pandemic of 1918 and 1919 caused more worldwide deaths than any pandemic before or since. In Britain 25 % of the population was infected and 228,000 died. Globally it killed five times more than WW1. The total number of fatalities is given as 50 million - some think that is a ...
Author Elaine Barker
Published April 2020
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

West Mersea War Memorial
ID WMM
Title West Mersea War Memorial
Abstract The West Mersea War Memorial was dedicated 22 September 1917. A newspaper report at the time describes the scene:

A memorial cross, in honour of Mersea Islanders who have given their lives for their country during the great war, was unveiled on Saturday by Mrs Horace Egerton Green, by ...
Published April 2020
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Refurbishing West Mersea War Memorial
ID WMM_1990
Title Refurbishing West Mersea War Memorial
Abstract On 22 September 1917, West Mersea had made and erected its War Memorial, which was dedicated on that day. The stem or the centre post carried the names of Mersea dead. As the death toll in that war rose, the memorial had to be extended into the more familiar shape at the base that we all know, ...
Author Ron Baldwin
Published September 1990
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

History of Sleyes, Peldon
ID PH01_SLY
Title History of Sleyes, Peldon
Abstract

Sleyes
A Grade II listed building in Peldon, Essex

PELDON CHURCH ROAD 1. 5214 Sleyes TL 91 NE 17/26 II 2.
Mid C18, timber framed house ...

Author Elaine Barker
Published April 2020
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Abberton Reservoir - what was there before
ID PH01_ARV
Title Abberton Reservoir - what was there before
Abstract ABBERTON RESERVOIR - what was there before?

Abberton Reservoir was constructed between 1936 and 1939 on the course of the Layer Brook. The valley between the four hills on which Peldon, Abberton, Layer and Great Wigborough Churches stand was predominantly farmland and few homes were ...

Author Elaine Barker
Published March 2020
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Peldon in the Domesday Book
ID PH01_DMS
Title Peldon in the Domesday Book
Abstract Peldon in the Domesday Book

Twenty years after the invasion of England by the Normans, William the Conqueror called together his councillors to order a survey of the country, now known as The Domesday Book. This meeting in Gloucester at Christmas 1085 was reported in the Anglo-Saxon ...

Author Elaine Barker
Published March 2020
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Sequestration of the Rector of Peldon
ID PH01_SEQ
Title Sequestration of the Rector of Peldon
Abstract Sequestration of The Reverend John Cornelius, Peldon's Rector, During the Civil War in 1643

[ Sequestration - the removal from his rectory and living and his goods confiscated ]

Political and religious conflicts between the supporters of King Charles I and Parliamentarians led ...

Author Elaine Barker
Published March 2020
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Peldon and Henry VIII
ID PH01_HRY
Title Peldon and Henry VIII
Abstract Henry VIII and Peldon

In 1544 there is an entry in 'Acts not in the Parliamentary Roll' in which the preamble states that King Henry VIII 'this winter last past hath had divers and many of his ships royal lying and remaining in his haven and water called Colne in the county of Essex ...
Author Elaine Barker
Published March 2020
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

The Bells of St Mary's Peldon
ID PH01_BEL
Title The Bells of St Mary's Peldon
Abstract The tower of St Mary's Church, Peldon, houses two bells. Repaired and adapted they are both now stationary bells. The original one, the larger bell, was cast in bronze in 1613 by Miles Graye of Colchester. It is engraved 'Miles Graye made me in 1613', and weighs over 8cwt.

The Miles Gr ...

Author Elaine Barker
Published 2 March 2020
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Barnard's Cottages, Peldon
ID PH01_BND
Title Barnard's Cottages, Peldon
Abstract BARNARD'S COTTAGES

The name 'Barnards Cottages' appears in the 1911 census for Peldon and in the 1939 register. It also appears regularly as the address of former villagers in the Parish burials register. It would seem there was a row comprising two pairs of semi-detached homes and a block ...

Author Elaine Barker
Published 2 March 2020
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

The Telephone on Mersea
ID MMH_TEL
Title The Telephone on Mersea
Abstract By 1890, West Mersea was connected to the outside world by telegraph. Kelly's 1890 Directory tells us that West Mersea had a money order and telegraph office. Messages would be transmitted to the island in Morse Code, written out in the office, and taken to the recipient by a boy on a bicycle. ...
Author Tony Millatt
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

St Nicholas Parish Church, Little Wigborough
ID MMH_LWG
Title St Nicholas Parish Church, Little Wigborough
Abstract THE PARISH OF ST. NICHOLAS, LITTLE WIGBOROUGH

Little Wigborough is a small village overlooking the salt marshes and the estuary of the Blackwater River, 8 miles south of Colchester between Peldon and Great Wigborough. Being so close to the sea, it is appropriately dedicated to St. ...

Author Tony Millatt
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Manorial Customs in West Mersea - The tenants' destruction of the records
ID MARG_313_011
Title Manorial Customs in West Mersea - The tenants' destruction of the records
Abstract Manorial Customs in West Mersea, etc. - The tenants' destruction of the ancient records of the manor. -

In further reference to the customary of West Mersea, Fingringhoe, and Pete hall manors printed in Transactions, vol. xiii., pt. 2 [ See ...

Author W. Gurney Benham
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Memory Lane - Another War
ID ML2020_004_014
Title Memory Lane - Another War
Abstract It seems we are at War. With the present Coronavirus pandemic some firms are being asked to diversify and to produce ventilators for our hospitals. Looking back to World War 2, some local firms were contracted to do something similar. Builders Clifford White & Co were making wooden oars and paddles, ...
Author Ron Green
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Derek Anthony Balls - Gloucestershire Regiment
ID WWK_DAB
Title Derek Anthony Balls - Gloucestershire Regiment
Abstract Memorial Profiles for East and West Mersea

DEREK ANTHONY BALLS
L/Cpl. Service No. 22530139
Gloucestershire Regiment

Born 18 May 1927
Died 23 April 1951
Commemorated East Mersea War Memorial, West Mersea War Memorial, United Nations Memorial Wall, Tanggok, ...

Author Tony Millatt
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Will of Abraham Fokes of Peldon 1597 D/ABW 15/49
ID MARG_207_011
Title Will of Abraham Fokes of Peldon 1597 D/ABW 15/49
Abstract The Will of Abraham Fokes [ Foakes ] 1597 Essex Record Office D/ABW 15/49

Transcribed by Elaine Barker January 2020

Foakes Abraham [Rgr, probably an abbreviation of 'Registered']
1.   In the name of god Amen the xxiiijth day of Novembre in the Fortithe yere of the Reyne ...

Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Charles Herbert Albert Warner - Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
ID OOD_207
Title Charles Herbert Albert Warner - Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Abstract WW2 Memorial Profiles for Salcott and Wigborough

CHARLES HERBERT ALBERT WARNER
Sergeant (Flight Engineer) Service No. 1801861
101 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Died 3 September 1943 age 20.
Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Grave 15 ...

Author Edwin Sparrow
Keywords salcot
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Ivor Walklett - Ginetta Cars - Part 2
ID PH01_IVX
Title Ivor Walklett - Ginetta Cars - Part 2
Abstract IVOR WALKLETT - PART 2

Researched & compiled by Geoff Gonella
Peldon History Project

...

Author Geoff Gonella
Source Mersea Museum
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