Douglas Gurton Articles

Douglas Jack Gurton was born 25 January 1908 and died 11 May 1980. Articles by Douglas appeared in Essex County Standard probably elsewhere. The articles here have been transcribed from typewritten drafts and it is not known where or even if each of them has been published before.

The articles have come via Cedric Gurton and have been scanned by Peter Bibby.

Autobiography DJG_BIP
Obituary DJG_OBT_001
Brief History of the Delft Plate DJG_DEL
Village Life
Those were the days - childhood memories DJG_BIO
Those were the days - 2 DJG_TWT
Christmasses of Yesteryear DJG_CMY
Village School Days DJG_VSD
Mechanisation in Tollesbury DJG_MEC
Night Soil Collection DJG_NSL
Village Bygones DJG_VBY
Trade and Industry DJG_TAI
A History of Tollesbury DJG_HIS
Tollesbury - from 1848 White's gazetteer DJG_WHI
Tollesbury Gooseberry Pie Fair DJG_PIE
The Late Mr Ken Osborne DJG_KEN
River and Sea
An Essex Wildfowler DJG_EWF
Haven of Rest DJG_SHP
Oyster Culture and Dredging DJG_OYS
List of Tollesbury Fishing Smacks DJG_LSM
Transport
Public Transport - the Carriers DJG_CRS
Public Transport - The Railway DJG_PT1
Crab and Winkle Express DJG_CAW
To School by Train DJG_PT3
Public Transport - the Omnibus DJG_PT2
World Wars
1914 DJG_WWA
A Village sends its Sons to War (1914) DJG_WWB
Tollesbury in War-Time DJG_WWC
The end of Zeppelin L33 DJG_ZEP
The ORARI Plaque DJG_NZS
The day the war ended DJG_WWX
Yachting
Old Time Yachts and Yachtsman DJG_OTY
Three Voyages DJG_VOY
Some Notable Voyages - Voyage of the Sunshine DJG_SH1
Atlantic Crossing in the SUNSHINE by Harry Redhouse DJG_SH2
The cruise of the "DWYN WEN" DJG_DWW
Yachting between the wars DJG_YBW
The America Cup DJG_YCP
Yachts of Yesteryear crewed from Woodrolfe 1914-1920   DJG_LYT
The Origin of Tollesbury Sailing Club DJG_TSC


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 Douglas Jack Gurton was born 25 January 1908 and died 11 May 1980. Obituaries from 2 newspapers.
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President of Tollesbury Sailing Club, Mr Douglas Gurton has died aged 72.
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Mr Gurton, of North Road, spent a lifetime on the water and was in the process of completing a book on the history of the village when he died.
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Born in Tollesbury, he went to Liverpool at the age of 16 to become an apprentice with Chambers Shipping Company. Before completing his indentures he had sailed round the world seven times.
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He then served in one of the largest yachts to be berthed at Tollesbury. From there he joined the Thames River Police at Rochester, where he became an inspector.
</p><p>He was commissioned in the Royal Navy Reserves and served as a lieutenant commander on various warships. During the latter stages of the last world war Mr Gurton volunteered for the Civil Affairs Organisation, serving in France, Belgium and Holland. He then completed his service as a captain in Germany.
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After the war he returned to police duties. When he retired he worked for the Cunard Company as a security officer.
</p> <p> He returned to Tollesbury and became shipkeeper on the MV ARO, the largest ship to lay-up in the Blackwater.
</p><p>Mr Gurton was still active after retiring from full time work. He was very interested in the history of Tollesbury and its maritime traditions. He also contributed many articles to newspapers and magazines and gave many talks to various organisations.
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He took a keen interest in Tollesbury's St Mary's Church. He was a sidesman, a former churchwarden, a mason and member of the Royal British Legion.
</p>The funeral service was held at St Mary's Church on Monday afternoon.
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Douglas Jack Gurton was born 25 January 1908 and died 11 May 1980. Obituaries from 2 newspapers.

"President of Tollesbury Sailing Club, Mr Douglas Gurton has died aged 72.

Mr Gurton, of North Road, spent a lifetime on the water and was in the process of completing a book on the history of the village when he died.

Born in Tollesbury, he went to Liverpool at the age of 16 to become an apprentice with Chambers Shipping Company. Before completing his indentures he had sailed round the world seven times.

He then served in one of the largest yachts to be berthed at Tollesbury. From there he joined the Thames River Police at Rochester, where he became an inspector.

He was commissioned in the Royal Navy Reserves and served as a lieutenant commander on various warships. During the latter stages of the last world war Mr Gurton volunteered for the Civil Affairs Organisation, serving in France, Belgium and Holland. He then completed his service as a captain in Germany.

After the war he returned to police duties. When he retired he worked for the Cunard Company as a security officer.

He returned to Tollesbury and became shipkeeper on the MV ARO, the largest ship to lay-up in the Blackwater.

Mr Gurton was still active after retiring from full time work. He was very interested in the history of Tollesbury and its maritime traditions. He also contributed many articles to newspapers and magazines and gave many talks to various organisations.

He took a keen interest in Tollesbury's St Mary's Church. He was a sidesman, a former churchwarden, a mason and member of the Royal British Legion.

The funeral service was held at St Mary's Church on Monday afternoon.


August 1983
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