Welcome to The Bay Museum Website

The Bay Museum is a friendly museum situated on Canvey Island. Based in a degaussing station, it now offers a wealth of artefacts, books and displays focussing on Military history. Open from 10am till 4pm, the museum also organises trips to France and Belgium to experience the battlefields first hand. The museum is run by volunteers who always warmly welcome visitors and are never short of a war story!

H.E. WITTY 24 Aug 1916

H.E. WITTY

18th SIEGE BATTERY R.G.A.

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24th August 1916.  Thursday.  On telephone and night duty.  Nothing to report.  Weather fine and windy.  Letters N.T. and home.  Also books from home.  ANS.  Heard a good address at Y.M.C.A. on ”Faith”.

Alfred George Richardson’s Diary 24 August 1916

Alfred George Richardson’s Diary 24 August 1916

 

 

Receipts                                  Issues

A         AX                              A       AX

Thursday 24th August 1916:               228       76                               283

55                              at 9 pm to A/248

 

A is 18-pdr Shrapnel shell and AX is 18-pdr High Explosive shell.

 

Alfred George Richardson’s Diary 23 August 1916

Alfred George Richardson’s Diary 23 August 1916

 

Receipts                                  Issues

A         AX                              A       AX

Wednesday 23rd August 1916:         183         48                               183        48

2.30 pm C/247

 

A is 18-pdr Shrapnel shell and AX is 18-pdr High Explosive shell.

 

H.E. WITTY 22 Aug 1916

H.E. WITTY

18th SIEGE BATTERY R.G.A.

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22nd August 1916.  Tuesday.  Finished telephone 9 a.m. – went up to Kemmel for washing.  Hennessey “creosotes” the water.  Pcl from Mrs. Litell.  Book and photo from Douglas.  Fine day.  Concert at Y.M.C.A.  “King’s Own”.

Women’s Legion letter from Miss C Ellis 22 Aug 1916

THE WOMEN’S LEGION

 

President                                                                                                The Marchioness of Londonderry

 

 

Motto:- ORA ET LABORA

(Pray and work)

 

72, Upper Berkeley Street

London W.

Motor Transport Section

Commandant:-

Miss Christobel Ellis

Telephone Paddingdon 688

 

22.8.16

 

Dear Madam,

 

I am duly in receipt of your letter of enquiry regarding the work of the Motor Section of the Women’s Legion.

We have secured a number of posts for our members as drivers of both private and commercial cars, and in addition to this we have a Register of drivers for War Office work only.

It is impossible for me to give you particulars of employment, as in each case the work varies, and without knowing what your qualifications are, I should be unable to recommend you for any of the posts available.

At present we have a waiting list, and we shall be glad to place the name of any really experienced driver under the age of 38 on this list for War Office work.

I beg to enclose an enrolment form and circular.

Faithfully yours

 

Christobel Ellis

Commandant

H.E. WITTY 21 Aug 1916

H.E. WITTY

18th SIEGE BATTERY R.G.A.

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21st August 1916.  Monday.  On telephone with Shippen. Bellis gets 14 days NO 1 for smoking in the loft.  Very fine day.  Letters R., N.T., Alice, Kathie.  ANS.  At Y.M.C.A. in Evening.  Very little doing.