ARP workers, Second World War. Same as M1834 but fewer smiles. Probably in the Maldon Road Recreation Ground (the Park). Back row, left to right. (1) Sid Keeble (worked at Pinkham’s glove factory, lived in Rickstones Road). (2) ???. (3) Victor Keeble (worked at Pinkham’s glove factory, lived in Church Street). (4) Alf Keeble (worked at Crittall’s, lived in Chalks Road). (5) ???. (6) Fred Gaymer (carpenter, builder, painter, decorator). (7) Walter Care (head of Maldon Road school, with wife Mabel). (8) — Finch (gardener and grave digger). Next to back row. (9) Andrew Oakley (worked at Crittall’s). (10) Alf Ridgeon (worked at Crittall’s, lived in Rivenhall). (11) George Shelley (blacksmith, Newland Street). (12) Albert Appleton (worked at Crittall’s, lived in Rivenhall). (13) Norman Dickson (held various posts in ARP etc. Possibly co-opted as UD Councillor. Son of Hugh of Barnardiston House who grew roses). (14) ???. (15) Tom Palmer? (worked at Crittall’s, lived in Hatfield Road). (16) — Howson (hairdresser in Maldon Road). (17) ???. Next to front row. (18) Dr Tom Benjamin (part of Gimson partnership in Newland Street). (19) Mrs Ruth Payne (wife of Reverend Payne vicar, daughter married Tom Henderson). (20) Mrs Mabel Care (head of Maldon Road school, with husband Walter). (21). Mrs Stella Eccleston (clerical assistant in UDC offices). (22) Brenda Stiff (married Roy Dedman, a postman, they lived in Guithavon Street). (23) Mrs Eva Wright (wife of Albert Wright, builder, who had yard next to the Albert). (24) ??? (25) Marian Taber (she and her husband had greengrocery shop at 9 Newland Street. Parents of ‘Todge’). (26) Dr Jim Denholm (with Gimson practice in Newland Street, came 1941). Front row. (27) ??? (28) ??? (29) ??? (30) ??? (31) George Ogden (Surveyor and Engineer to Witham UDC). (32) ??? (33) Mrs Playle ? Or perhaps Margaret Blythe?. (34) possibly Mrs Vera Grape of Chalks Road. (35) Mrs Mann (teacher at National Schools and/or attendance officer, wife of Bertie, their son married a Clampin, Florrie’s sister).
|Date taken||1944 approx|
|Source||Oakley, Lionel. Son of Alan Oakley.|