Robert James FEAKINS was born 1897 in Hadleigh, Essex. He enlisted underage into the 2/6th Essex Regiment in Nov 1914, later transferred to the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (7th Battalion). He was killed in action on 7th Oct 1916 age 19.
Thomas Henry FARLEY was born 1897 in Southend-On-Sea, Essex. He was fostered into the BARNES family in 1902, and lived in Hadleigh, Essex until 1914 when he was send to Canada. He enlisted in the 1st Canadian Labour Corps on 20th Apr 1916 and died from wounds on 19th Aug 1917 age 19.
Rayleigh Town Museum recently acquired this large 1m wide wooden sign for Beal Bros. Millers, Rayleigh and wondered if anyone could offer any more information on them.
After a conversation with a friend about his parents new house situated on the Rayleigh Road in Eastwood, Essex I decided to look into its history. It is oddly positioned next to a pair of semi-detached houses, an old well was found in the garden and there are hints of it being part of a bigger piece of land at one time. What could I find out?
A post for help on an Essex local history group peeked my interest this weekend, regarding a giant brass plate unearthed in a Benfleet garden. It’s inscribed “To Dr. & Mrs. George Simpson, Senior Medical Officer, Calr. From Mr. & Mrs. Magnus A. O. Williams, Calr. In affectionate remembrance. Hold ye the good – define it well. 1934”. Could I discover who these people were?
Charles EADE was born 5th May 1895 at Weeley Heath, Essex. He enlisted into the 2nd Bedfordshire Regiment on 24th Aug 1914 and died of wounds on 16th Jun 1915 (only eight days after arriving in France). He was 20 years old.
Richard COWELL was born in 1893 at Little Barford, Essex and died from Pneumonia whilst serving in the Labour Corps on 9th Nov 1918 age 25. His younger brother William was born in 1897 at Hadleigh, Essex and died 17th Dec 1915 whilst serving in the 9th Essex Regiment aged 18.
Wittering Court in Daws Heath was used as a private asylum between 1914-1919, until it became the site of a scandal after one of the patients was found dead in her bed.
There were three residential properties built in the early 1900’s by Southend Waterworks Company in Thundersley, Essex, which were associated with the reservoir and two pumping stations: Reservoir Cottage, Pumping Station House and Pumping Station Cottage.
Alfred Charles NOAKES, wife Alice Martha WATERHOUSE and family appear to have been the first residents of Pumping Station Cottage after it was built in the early 1900’s.
Henry Hawksley AYRIS (Civil Engineer and grandson of John AYRIS, the first managing director of Southend Waterworks) and wife Violet Vashti FOX were most likely the second residents of Pumping Station Cottage, living there between 1918-1931 at least.
Henry CLARK (Water Inspector), wife Amelia Maud TODD and family were most likely the third residents of Pumping Station Cottage, living there in 1939.
George Edward CAREY (a Reservoir Keeper), wife Susan BALDWIN and family were the first occupants of Reservoir Cottage after it was built in the early 1900’s and they lived there until 1927/1928.
George William SHRIMPLIN (Waterworks Engine Driver), wife Matilda Carey THORINGTON and family were most likely the second residents of Reservoir Cottage, living there between 1928-1930.
Robert William NOAKES (General Foreman) and son were most likely the third residents of Reservoir Cottage, moving in during 1930.
Alfred BARDELL (Stationary Engine Driver), wife Louisa HULL and family were most likely the first residents of Burches Pumping Station House after it was built in the early 1900’s.
Fountain Benjamin LEDGER (London Fireman), wife Eliza BIGWOOD and family were most likely the second residents of Burches Pumping Station House, living there from 1920.
Aldred Arthur THURSTON (Engineer), wife Mahala Agnes Mary DUNNETT and family were most likely the third residents of Burches Pumping Station House, living there from 1923.
Frederick William GOLDING (Waterworks Reservoir Gauger), wife Louisa WHITEHALL and family were most likely the forth residents of Burches Pumping Station House, living there from 1930.
John Henry COOLLEDGE was born on 25th Jul 1884 at Purleigh, Essex. He enlisted into the Royal Navy as a Stoker in 1902 and was serving aboard HMS Cressy when war broke out. On 22nd Sep 1914 John’s ship was was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-9 whilst in the North Sea near Holland with the loss of 560 of her crew, including John. He was aged 30.