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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


Second World War. Gun site on the Mudchute, clearing up after a land mine fell. To the extreme right outside the wire fence, in the distance is the guardroom hut. Left to right: Gunner ‘Flo' Florey (923820), Cutler, Tom Hart, Philips, Rossi (an Italian). Mr Philips was coming through the Greenwich tunnel when it was hit, and was running through water. ‘Sometimes we used to get a boat from near Cumberland Oil Wharf'. by Mr Philips