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Digital Gallery Images

The Gallery includes images of the borough's streets and buildings and portraits of people and communities. The Digital Gallery images are displayed as thumbnails. Full size images can be viewed by clicking on a thumbnail.

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Mudchute 1940s

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Mudchute Second World War, on the gun sight. Holding the shell, Gunner Thomas Hart. The soldiers had daily training and drill and learnt to be a part of the gun crew. Mr Philips recalls: We didn’t get much sleep. As soon as it got dark we would be waiting and ready, often up all night. Then in the day we would clean the guns. We worked in relays. by Mr Philips