My Dad Henry, aka Harry to his friends, moved to Canvey in 1947 when he married Mum. In 1953 they were living in a cottage in Harrow Road. After the Flood my Dad, being an HGV driver, was drafted in to help build the new seawall. A couple of the photos show him with workmates and possibly a foreman. Unfortunately I have no idea what their names were. There was nothing written on the back of the photos and because he died in his early 50’s we never had a chance to talk about his memories of the the Flood. Does anyone recognise any of his mates? It would be great to put names to the faces. Also, does anyone recognise the building in picture 2? It’s quite distinctive.
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Hi Janet, I think the building in photo 2 is the row overrated properties on Marine Parde to the east of Southfalls Rd between Van Diemans Pass and Northfalls Rd which was the home of the Pierce family.
Sorry seems like my I-pad has a mind of it’s own! Should have read ‘ a row of terraced houses’ not ‘overrated’.
Thanks Graham, that’s really helpful.
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