Michell Family on Mersea

The Michell family originated from Cornwall. George Martin Michell followed his father into the Royal Artillery, and became a Master Gunner. When he was posted to Boston, Lincolnshire he met and married Edith Green, niece of a local publican. A good move methinks. They had eight children, two of whom died young. On leaving the Army he became a Army Contractor, procuring items for use throughout the Army..

The family, which consisted of George, Edith, Gladys, born 1894, Victor, born 1897 and Francis Reginald, born 1903, then moved from Boston to Colchester in about 1906. They lived in Cambridge Road, eventually moving to Mersea some two years later, by which time Marjorie, born 1907, had arrived. George bought 'Brandons' in Melrose Road and quickly established themselves amongst the local communtity. Ron, born 1913 and Daffy, born 1916 followed.

In later years the children became involved with the local sailing and boating crowd and were active members the Dabchicks, Soc n Sale frequenters.

Vic settled in Mersea and married Mary (Margery) and had one son Ian who was tragically killed, along with his friend Vincent Magson, in a beach mine accident. His mother and father never fully recovered from this.

Gladys moved away and settled in Banstead, Surrey, marrying late in life.

Francis Reginald married and moved to Canada where he became leading figure in the Bell telephone Company. He was also a lecturer in Electrical Engineering at Toronto University.

Marjorie married twice, firstly to Cyril Smith, a leading Colchester tailor, they had one daughter, Patricia. Secondly she married John Hamilton-Peters, an Army officer and moved to Plymouth, where they lived on an old Brixham Schooner. They had one son, Nicholas. They moved back to Mersea in early 1953, buying Fountain Cottages.

Ron married twice, firstly to Doris Oakley and secondly to Fay McBurney. They had no children. Ron was famous for his home brewed beer and Fay for her Sloe gin. They lived in Rowhedge, both working at Paxmans of Colchester.

Daffy married Leonard Edward Neep, known to all as Teddy. They had three boys, one of whom died in infancy, the other two were Peter and David. Teddy owned a garage/showroom in Colchester and Halstead, selling initially Rootes Group cars, then in later years Volvo and BMW. The boys both followed their father into the business. David lives in Suffolk and Peter lives in Mersea.

I, Nicholas, left Mersea in 1962 when I joined the Army and served for 12 years. I married a Scots girl and have two daughters and a son. After leaving the Army I joined the Merchant Navy, retiring in 2009 as a Chief Engineer. We have visited Mersea many times, but not recently I'm afraid. My youngest daughter, Nikki, made friends with other young ones at the Dabchicks when we used to stay in Smugglers Cottage.
We now live in South Queensferry, on the banks of the River Forth, so still close to the sea. I would love to hear from anyone who might remember me from school days.

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 Harold Victor Michell. He was in 2nd D.A.C. Royal Field Artillery and then R.A.F. in WW1.  NHP_029NHP_029
Harold Victor Michell. He was in 2nd D.A.C. Royal Field Artillery and then R.A.F. in WW1.
c1918
 John Hamilton-Peters and fellow officers at West Mersea. The house is thought to be Cranbrook, now No. 70 Coast Road.
 John was stationed in Mersea during WW2 with Army patrol boats [ RASC ]. He is front row, second from the left in the picture.  NHP_019NHP_019
John Hamilton-Peters and fellow officers at West Mersea. The house is thought to be Cranbrook, now No. 70 Coast Road.
John was stationed in Mersea during WW2 with Army patrol boats [ RASC ]. He is front row, second from the left in the picture.
c1944
 Ian with his mother Margery and father Vic Michell. Ian was killed shortly after this photo was taken.  NHP_047NHP_047
Ian with his mother Margery and father Vic Michell. Ian was killed shortly after this photo was taken.
1945
 Mersea Lads Killed in Beach Minefield. Boy thought he knew paths.
 A tragedy at West Mersea, in which two lads, Ian Victor Michell (17) of Pantile Cottage, Firs Chase, and Vincent John Magson (16) of Rainbow Road were killed instantly by a beach mine on March 8th ...
</p><p>Michell was the son of Mr H.V. Michell, engineer. Magson was adopted son of Mr Frederick William Magson, a retired Naval pensioner ...
</p>  NHP_031NHP_031
Mersea Lads Killed in Beach Minefield. Boy thought he knew paths.
A tragedy at West Mersea, in which two lads, Ian Victor Michell (17) of Pantile Cottage, Firs Chase, and Vincent John Magson (16) of Rainbow Road were killed instantly by a beach mine on March 8th ...

Michell was the son of Mr H.V. Michell, engineer. Magson was adopted son of Mr Frederick William Magson, a retired Naval pensioner ...


16 March 1945
 In loving memory of Vincent John, adopted son of F.W. Magson,
 Accidently killed 8th March 1945 in his 17th year.
 Firs Road Cemetery, West Mersea.  TM7_9160TM7_9160
In loving memory of Vincent John, adopted son of F.W. Magson,
Accidently killed 8th March 1945 in his 17th year.
Firs Road Cemetery, West Mersea.
23 January 2019
 Flt/Sgt Ian Victor Michell ATC
 Born June 2nd 1917 in west Mersea
 Passed to a higher life March 8th 1945 in a minefield accident.
</p><p>Firs Road Cemetery, West Mersea.</p>  TM7_9161TM7_9161
Flt/Sgt Ian Victor Michell ATC
Born June 2nd 1917 in west Mersea
Passed to a higher life March 8th 1945 in a minefield accident.

Firs Road Cemetery, West Mersea.


23 January 2019
 George Martin Michell. George and Edith Michell lived in The Brandons, Melrose Road, West Mersea. George had died by the time his daughter Marjorie was married in 1927 and Edith had died by 1944.
 They had eight children, two of whom died young, Marjorie, Gladys, Victor, Reg (who went to Canada), Ronnie and Sylvia (known as Daffy). All lived to good ages, Marjorie being the last to pass away in 1999 aged 93.  NHP_001NHP_001
George Martin Michell. George and Edith Michell lived in The Brandons, Melrose Road, West Mersea. George had died by the time his daughter Marjorie was married in 1927 and Edith had died by 1944.
They had eight children, two of whom died young, Marjorie, Gladys, Victor, Reg (who went to Canada), Ronnie and Sylvia (known as Daffy). All lived to good ages, Marjorie being the last to pass away in 1999 aged 93.
 Marjorie Michell, born c1906 and died 1999. She married firstly Cyril Smith and then John Hamilton-Peters.
 27 March 1927 Marjorie Christine Helena Michell married Cyril Edward Smith at West Mersea Parish Church.  NHP_005NHP_005
Marjorie Michell, born c1906 and died 1999. She married firstly Cyril Smith and then John Hamilton-Peters.
27 March 1927 Marjorie Christine Helena Michell married Cyril Edward Smith at West Mersea Parish Church.
 Harold Victor (Vic) Michell
 1945 Harold V. and Marjoria C. Michell were living at Pantile Cottage in Firs Chase. [Register of Electors]. They were the parents of Ian Michell.  NHP_009NHP_009
Harold Victor (Vic) Michell
1945 Harold V. and Marjoria C. Michell were living at Pantile Cottage in Firs Chase. [Register of Electors]. They were the parents of Ian Michell.
 Ian Michell 1927-1945. Air Training Corps.
 Son of Mary and Victor Michell.  NHP_011NHP_011
Ian Michell 1927-1945. Air Training Corps.
Son of Mary and Victor Michell.
 Sylvia Joan Michell, known as Daffy. She married Leonard Edward Neep of Colchester.  NHP_015NHP_015
Sylvia Joan Michell, known as Daffy. She married Leonard Edward Neep of Colchester.
 Francis Reginald (Reg) Michell.jpg  NHP_017NHP_017
Francis Reginald (Reg) Michell.jpg
 Ronald Clive Michell  NHP_021NHP_021
Ronald Clive Michell
 Marjorie and Nicholas Hamilton-Peters. He is about 6 months old  NHP_023NHP_023
Marjorie and Nicholas Hamilton-Peters. He is about 6 months old
 Mary Constance Walker, known as Marjory.
 Married Harold Victor Michell
 Mother of Ian Michell.  NHP_025NHP_025
Mary Constance Walker, known as Marjory.
Married Harold Victor Michell
Mother of Ian Michell.
 L-R John Hamilton-Peters, Marjorie Hamilton-Peters, Nick Hamilton-Peters, Sir Alfred and Lady Soward  NHP_027NHP_027
L-R John Hamilton-Peters, Marjorie Hamilton-Peters, Nick Hamilton-Peters, Sir Alfred and Lady Soward
 George and Edith Michell in the garden at 'Brandons', Melrose Road.  NHP_041NHP_041
George and Edith Michell in the garden at 'Brandons', Melrose Road.
 Fountain Cottages, Queens Corner, West Mersea. An early photograph. 
 Marjorie and John Hamilton-Peters bought the right hand two cottages and made them into one in 1953.  NHP_043NHP_043
Fountain Cottages, Queens Corner, West Mersea. An early photograph.
Marjorie and John Hamilton-Peters bought the right hand two cottages and made them into one in 1953.
 Ian Michell with his 410 shotgun.  NHP_045NHP_045
Ian Michell with his 410 shotgun.
 School Party. 
 Round the table from left 1. Mr Sanders, 2. Diana Slater, 3. Martin Balls (from Peldon), 4. Pauline Hempstead (Mrs Wareing), 5. Carole Wignall, 6. Brian Reynolds (Peldon), 7. Susan Fahie, 8. Nick Hamilton-Peters (Nicky Peters).  NHP_051NHP_051
School Party.
Round the table from left 1. Mr Sanders, 2. Diana Slater, 3. Martin Balls (from Peldon), 4. Pauline Hempstead (Mrs Wareing), 5. Carole Wignall, 6. Brian Reynolds (Peldon), 7. Susan Fahie, 8. Nick Hamilton-Peters (Nicky Peters).
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Source: Mersea Museum