|My Dad; George Saunders Smith 1909 to 1988
Dad and Mum in their garden at West Mersea 1960's
This story was typed from my Dad's hand written books exactly as he had written it even showing the drawl of speech at that time. Some names in his story have been changed.
By Jan Davey daughter
George Saunders Smith early days; George Smith senior - business, building house; Joseph Smith and Emma Beaumont, life at Strood House;
My mother Edith née Head; my maternal grandmother Fanny Head née Saunders - 'Black Gran'. Life in service.; Robert Head - maternal grandfather;
First memories - ferries, fairs; Dad's accident; hard times; shop closed and soldiers billetted; WW1; school; Zeppelins, Uncle Charlie in Romford; flour washed up on beach;
Wells; water; night cart; ebbing; selling oysters and fish; loss of 'Blackie' the horse; hard times; first job delivering milk before school; local characters; work on the farm; prisoners of war behind the Hall Barn; learning to swim; the abattoir; dancing lessons.
Leaving school at 13; Conductor with Primrose Bus Company - service buses, charabanc trips; poultry farm; lathe company in Colchester; selling rabbits for meat and fur; Clem Smith in Italy in WW2; the 'Empire' cinema.
Working in an grocer's shop - delivery boy, work in bakery; the proprietor, the baker; billiards behind a general store in village centre, then a billiards club later taken over to be Council Offices; distinguished residents - ex Cabinet Ministers, Dr and Mrs Rudduck, Ernest Harnack, Arthur Briscoe, Charles Scott aviator; George joins Coldstream Guards 1927, RAF 1941.
Charles W.A. Scott - aviator and former Mersea resident. Original Gypsy Moth plane restored in Australia.
George Saunders Smith in Australia.
Dereliction of Duty.
Note that the family name Saunders was often registered as Sanders, going right back to Fanny Saunders, but George was proud of the fact that the name really was Saunders.