Jessie Hernandez has attended several Memory Days at the Laindon Library this year and brought some of her favourite photographs along with her. One of them was this lovely picture of her mother (also called Jessie) taken in her Civil Defence uniform during the last war. Jessie was told that while a member of the Civil Defence, her mother was an ambulance driver. Uncertain as to where the Civil Defence was based, it may possibly have been at the former Dunton Colony where from 1941 to 1942 the camp was taken over by the Civil Defence, then prepared and equipped as a Hospital for local air raid and war casualties.
Jessie, who was born in 1945, has always lived locally and went to Langdon Hills Primary School and Laindon High Road Secondary School.
While at Laindon High Road School Jessie took part in a fashion show organised by Dorothy Perkins as part the 1961 ‘Commonwealth Technical Training Week Career’s Exhibition’. The show took place on 29th and 30th May at Woodlands School and was repeated at Laindon High Road School.
Jessie belonged to the Girl Guides and took part in various other local activities including a pantomime or two. She enjoyed spending time with friends at the popular meeting place ‘Enefer’s Café’ at the Fortune of War roundabout.
The photo below shows June with a very fine motorbike, registration number TXN 545. Anyone know who it belonged to? Interesting to notice the stall of strawberries for sale at the right of the picture.
Friends, June Smith and Susan Galsworthy on the Fortune of War roundabout
Many thanks to Jessie for sharing her photographs and we hope to see her at the Laindon Library on many more Memory Days in the future.