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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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Becontree Essex 1934


Becontree Essex 1934

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Island History Trust Image Collection


An Island family wedding party in the garden of David Thomson at Becontree Essex (now Greater London) in about 1934 (see PTH10). The wedding was his daughters - she later went to Australia. Includes; Harry Anderson and his wife Sophie, nee Thomson (1879-1981) of No.151 Westferry Road, Millwall, Isle of Dogs. He was a stevedore ganger in SW india Dock and got blown to pieces by a doodlebug in the Second World War. George Thomson and his wife Agnes (thought to be nee Ferris, from Poplar) who lived at Poplar; David Thomson and his wife, Elizabeth (nee Cam) and Alec Thomson and his wife. Sophie's grandmother (old Mrs Wood) used to take in lodgers and do mangling and brought up Sophie and two of the elder boys in Millwall. Alec was in the Labour Party, but not his brothers, ‘him and Mr Politt' they used to say. They were all boiler makers and members of the union. In the family, were also, Ted and Charlie who were in the Navy. Jerry, the eldest, played football for Southend, then became a boiler maker on Millwal during the war. After the first raid he went to Liverpool and then to Scotland.