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Thank you Stella for sharing this with us. Such a moving letter.

By Janet Penn
On 03/08/2010

How lucky we are to have sight of such a moving description of what happened to one couple on that dreadful night. Mr Tayler's very personal and powerful description of the flood should never be lost. It not only reminds us of how people suffered, but also of the courage and tenacity of ordinary folk faced with undreammed - of devastating circumstances. Thanks for sharing it.

By Pat Smith
On 19/01/2011

This letter must be one of the most moving letters anyone has ever written. What brave people the folk on Canvey were, maybe this is why we still that sense of community on the Island. Thank you Stella for sharing this with us, you must be so proud of your Grandparents. Yet another reason for the continued work of the Archive without it this letter would never have been seen outside the family.

By Barbara Roycroft
On 05/02/2011

It was a nice surprise to hear the children of Kents Hill School reading the letter that my Grandfather wrote about the floods at Canvey They read it beautifully Stella Donoghue

By Mrs Stella Donoghue
On 01/04/2013

I just found this site today. Will Coates was my step-uncle, Harriett my step-grandmother. My mother's parents Ernest and Daisy Deith lived nearby and were also drowned. We lived in London, I was 12. It was a terrible time for us all. None of my relations was found for 3 days. I would appreciate it if Stella Donoghue would get in touch with me. I have been doing a Coates family tree and would not only enjoy talking to her again, but would like to pass it on to her and share news of our families. Val Wright, Canada.

By Val Wright
On 12/08/2013

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