The photo id for this photograph is 1639, in the People album.

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Photograph sent in by Roy Priest, Southend on Sea

This photo was taken outside the Cannon's house circa 1948. It was sent to my Dad who by then had returned to Southend and joined the army, serving in Malaya. The house was 'Halcyon' Buxton Road, Whaley Bridge. It is still there. My Dad had very happy memories of the Cannons and Whaley Bridge. At wars end the Cannon's asked if they could adopt my Dad and Daphne, they had no children of their own (Dorothy by war's end was an adult and back in Southend). My Dad’s parents understandably declined the request.

There are so many tales and good memories my Dad related, too many for this email. He called Mr Cannon 'Sarge', apparently because he was a sergeant in the Home Guard. He had been in the 1st war and told my Dad how he had been wounded and fell in to a German trench (which we presumably captured). He called Mrs Cannon 'Auntie'. They kept in touch and visited the Cannon’s when they could. In the photo Mrs Cannon (Lois, maiden name Irving) is on the left. In front of her is her Auntie (Sarah Gertrude Jolly (a spinster, sister of Mrs Cannon’s mum) who lived with them when my Dad was there. Middle back row is a relative of the Cannon's called Barbara. She sometimes stayed and was there when my Dad lived with them. Mr Cannon (Francis) is back row, right. I don’t know who the other two ladies are.

Roy Priest

Photograph added 10th July 2018

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