WW2 around Mersea

The War changed life on the Essex coast completely. For a few weeks in 1940 this was considered to be the front line, but the threat of invasion went away and life settled down. Many bombs fell on the Island, but amazingly no civilians were killed - but a number of servicemen died in accidents.

The West Mersea War Memorial has twenty names on it for WW2, and East Mersea, just one. But there is a longer list of 36 names with Mersea connections who were killed. See the link below - and other links touching on aspects of wartime life.

1939 Evacuees come to the Island

Evacuees come to Peldon

1940 - a diary of life on Mersea

Peldon's preparations for a German Invasion

Auxiliary Units in WW2


School Days at Mersea in the War Years

Farming in WW2, Women's Land Army, War-Ag

Farmers' evictions in WW2, and the Peldon Protest

Women's Land Army in Essex in WW2

Smack MAGGIE mined in River June 1942

East Mersea War Memorial

West Mersea War Memorial

WW2 casualties with Mersea connections

WW2 remains on Mersea Island

  Evacuees come to Mersea - Don Butlin
Evacuees come to Mersea
 
Bomb damage at The Square West Mersea Oct 1940
Bomb damage at The Square Oct 1940
 
Bower Hall Farm West Mersea. Women's Land Army
Land Army Girls - Bower Hall Farm