Richardson, Rose, Fred and Graham

For Rose Richardson, see interview tape 79 For Graham Richardson, see interview tape 202 Rose’s only son was Fred Richardson, who was a wartime evacuee to Canada in 1940 when he was 13. He stayed there after the War. Graham is Fred’s son, and Rose’s grandson. The following digital material relating to Fred, was emailed … Continue reading “Richardson, Rose, Fred and Graham”

Tape 194. Mr John Thurgood, side 1

Tape 194 Mr John Thurgood was born c 1922. He was interviewed on 20 April 2004, when he lived at The Lincolns, New Road, Terling, CM3 2PN. There is a some information about the earlier Thurgood family of Terling, at Thurgood family in the people category. But I don’t know how John is related to … Continue reading “Tape 194. Mr John Thurgood, side 1”

Tape 207. Miss Irene Springett, side 1

Tape 207 Miss Irene Springett was born c 1915. She was interviewed on 12 June 2006, when she lived at 6 Homefield Road, Witham. For more information about her, see Springett, Irene, in the People category The original recording of this interview is held at the Essex Sound and Video Archive. To listen to the … Continue reading “Tape 207. Miss Irene Springett, side 1”

Tape 202. Mr Graham Richardson, side 1

Tape 202 Mr Graham Richardson was born c 1966 in Canada. He was interviewed on 7 December 2004, when he lived at 424 Mount Cascade Pl., S.E., Calgary, Alberta, Canada, T2Z 2KS. His grandmother, Rose Richardson, appears on interview tape 79. For more information about them, see “Richardson, Rose, Fred and Graham” in the People … Continue reading “Tape 202. Mr Graham Richardson, side 1”

Tape 192. Talk by Fred Nash about the Archaeology of the Second World War in Essex

Tape 192 This talk was given at a meeting of the Witham History Group on 13 May 2002. Fred Nash’s talk was about the Archaeology of the Second World War in Essex and Witham. He was then the Military Archaeologist at Essex County Council. The original recording of this talk is held at the Essex … Continue reading “Tape 192. Talk by Fred Nash about the Archaeology of the Second World War in Essex”

Tape 063. Mr Jim White, sides 3 and 4

Tape 63 Mr Jim White was born in 1915. He was interviewed on 8 February 1983, when he lived at 22 Cross Road, Witham. He also appears on tapes 62, 149, 153 and 154. For more information, see White, Jim, in the People category. The original recording of this interview is held at the Essex … Continue reading “Tape 063. Mr Jim White, sides 3 and 4”

Tape 079. Mrs Rose Richardson (nee Perrin), sides 1 and 2

Tape 79 Mrs Rose Richardson (nee Perrin), was born in 1904. She was interviewed on 18 May 1983, when she lived at 44 Church Street. Her grandson Graham appears on interview tape 202 For more information about them, see “Richardson, Rose, Fred and Graham” in the People category. This is mostly about Rose’s son Fred, … Continue reading “Tape 079. Mrs Rose Richardson (nee Perrin), sides 1 and 2”

32. Spigot Mortar Emplacements from WW2

Spigot Mortars were rather unwieldy weapons issued to the Home Guard in 1942. It was the first time the men had a weapon capable of attacking a tank. This was important because there was a very real fear of invasion at that time. The mortars were also known as Blacker Bombards after their inventor. These … Continue reading “32. Spigot Mortar Emplacements from WW2”

13. The British Restaurants, 1941 to 1945

One of the heroes of Witham in World War II was Mrs G E Haste, who hailed from Colchester. If any readers knew her, or are related to her, I’d be delighted to know. She was Cook-manageress of Witham’s British Restaurant at 67 Newland Street, which opened in July 1941. These restaurants were provided all … Continue reading “13. The British Restaurants, 1941 to 1945”