Those who lost their lives

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The floods of 53

By Janet Penn

Adelsberg Road

  • Margaret Blagdon, aged 71 
  • Dennis Morgan, aged 5
  • Phoebe Morgan, aged 72
  • Reginald Morgan, aged 37

Amid Road

  • Alice Lloyd,aged79

Athos Road

  • John Laverack. aged 60 (visitor from Edmonton)

Brandenberg Road

  • Alice Brooks, aged 81
  • Daisy Deith. aged 68
  • Ernest Deith. aged 70

Church Parade

  • Elizabeth Jacobs, aged 67
  • James Jacobs, aged 68
  • Emily Price, aged 88

Corona Road

  • Emily Carter, aged 75
  • Louisa Le May. aged 63

Craven Avenue

  • Marie White, aged 65

Denham Road

  • Catherine Rawkins. aged 87

Deventer Road

  • Rebecca Keymer. aged 74

Gills Avenue

  • Rose Hindle. aged 68

Heeswick Road

  • Harriet Coates, aged 78 
  • William Coates. aged 56
  • Alice Farrow, aged 58

Heilsberg Road

  • Alfred Hagen. aged 60
  • Mary Hagen. aged 60

Juliers Road

  • Matilda Tearle, aged 66

Kamerwyck Avenue

  • Nora Dearman, aged 63

Kellington Road

  • Doris Fairs, aged 46
  • Elsie Foster, aged 26
  • Ernest Foster, aged 32

Knightswick Road

  • Catherine Fuller, aged 66
  • Walter Fuller, aged 68

Romberg Crescent

  • Judith Goodman, aged 4

Lansberg Road

  • Hannagh O'Donohue, aged 60

Larup Avenue

  • Julia Rennison, aged 76

May Avenue

  • Ian Nelson, aged 7

Miltzin Avenue

  • Arthur Hobbs. aged 65
  • Agnes Simkins. aged 57
  • Caroline Smitges. aged 69

Newlands Road

  • Alice Smith, aged 74
  • Edith White, aged 60
  • William White, aged 62

Nordland Road

  • Caroline Welham. aged 67

Park Road

  • Alice B Lloyd, aged 70

Rainbow Road

  • Gertrude Whines, aged 68

Somnes Avenue

  • Alan Manser, aged 1
  • Gordon Manser, aged 2
  • Keith Manser, aged 5

Stanley Road

  • Charlotte Flight, aged 72
  • Henson Flight, aged 76

Strasbourg Road

  • Peter Weston, aged 5

The Avenue

  • Arthur Fisher, aged 62

Vadsoe Road

  • Alice Davidson, aged 63

Waalwyck Drive

  • Edward Curtis, aged 83
  • Harriet Curtis, aged 83

Whernside Avenue

  • Leonard Starling, aged 12
  • Violet Starling, aged 36
  • Gertrude Williams, aged 65

Furtherwick Road

  • James Collins, aged 74
  • Elizabeth Collins aged 74

 

This page was added by Janet Penn on 01/02/2011.
Comments about this page

How fantastic to see so quickly - while it is still very much in our minds, a list of the ages and addresses of those who died on that day 58 years ago. Thank you Janet

By Pat Smith
On 01/02/2011

Rest in peace Leonard Starling and the other poor flood victims. Leonard a childhood friend and school mate to David Wilson (1940 - 2001) and myself.

I was there at the unveiling of the last memorial. I wish I could of been there but I live in Notts now.

By margaret
On 01/02/2011

Thank you Janet for a very moving story and list of those people who lost their lives . I was only a baby when the flood hit Canvey so cannot remember anything about it so it's really interesting to read on the archive the experiences of others who survived that fateful day. Tuesday was bitterly cold outside the Library and it really made me think of all those poor people who were stranded by the flood, not only did they have to contend with the rising tides but the freezing weather as well.

By Barbara Roycroft
On 05/02/2011

This page has stirred me to write: My friend, the late Edie Mary Turner was a survivor of this flood. Along with two small sons and an even smaller daughter, she walked along the seawall and right up to the swing bridge, before receiving any help to evacuate.

By June Graham
On 22/02/2011

I was 16 in 1953 and my mother told me then that 2 of her cousins were lost in the Canvey floods. She said their surname was Buckle. This name is not on the above list. I have lived with this story most of my life and now I am wondering if anyone can recall a family of that name on the island. I am working on my family history and any information would be most welcome.

By Eileen Hood
On 17/03/2011

I am one of the grandchildren of James and Elizabeth Collins who lost their lives in the floods, and I note from your records that their address is unknown. I would like to clarify this situation and add that they lived at Cornerways, Furtherwick Road and although I never knew my grandparents as I was born in 1952, I spent many happy family holidays in their bungalow over the years which was used by all the family prior to one of my aunts taking up permanent residence in 1963 approx. As a family our thoughts are with all those who lost their lives on this 60th anniversary. Margaret Waterman 27/01/2013

By Margaret Waterman
On 27/01/2013

If the Margaret who wrote that lovely note remembering my brother Leonard still reads this page, or is known to someone who does, I would love any memories she could share of a brother who died when I was two and of whom I have no memories.

By Chris Starling
On 29/09/2013

Hello Chris, Janet told me you had posted to me. Lenny was a bit younger than me I was b 1939, my brother 1940,Lenny used to play with us at the old rec on Canvey he loved the seesaw I can remember being on the other end to him, we used to play cowboy and Indians , go on the swings, play in the woods by the RIO and the boys used to pee up the RIO wall to see who could pee the highest, BOYS ! There used to be a fair that came to Canvey every year and I can remember being in a swing boat with him, we had no money, any of us, but we used to hang around and if they were not busy let us all have a turn, I am sorry my age does not let me remember to much.

By Margaret
On 03/10/2013

Thank you, Margaret. Those memories are more than I've had for 60 years. Those of us who lost people will understand how precious such things are.

By Chris Starling
On 07/10/2013

After the floods I seem to remember a very long march from the RED COW to the breach of the wall I think it was Mornington Ave? all the scout, cubs, and us ambulance cadets, marched and then, wreaths were thrown on the water as we all stood on the wall I think it was a big do, as I seem to remember Councilors and dignitary

By Margaret
On 11/10/2013

I think I have a picture of that Margaret, somewhere! Might be a newspaper clipping. I can see the picture in my mind. Now where have I put it on my computer???

By Janet Penn
On 11/10/2013

Rest in peace, Great-Aunt Elsie and Great-Uncle Ernest Foster, Now with your brother Fred my Grandfather that joined you recently, Thanks to the ones that have ensured that these young people are not forgotten taken in their prime of life.

Daniel Board

By Daniel Board
On 10/12/2014

This is something my father wrote about the Canvey Island floods, his brother and wife drowned.

It was February 1st 1953, when during the night, a strong eastern wind blew up. During the early hours of the next day, a neap tide helped by a full moon and gale force winds, caused a swell of some eight feet above normal, the residents of the low lying parts of  the island were unaware of the dangers. There were sea walls, yes, but the strong waves eventually broke down the dykes in several places. The people near these gaps inthe sea wall never had a chance, msny were drowned, thrown about like driftwood, others who were more fortunate managed to climb onto their roofs and try to hold on until help arrived.

One family, the father, Ernest Foster, his wife Elsie were both drowned, they were drowned because they first strapped their baby of 4months, into a carrycot whish was swept away, Ernest Foster was knockeds unconcious by alarge piece of timber, Elsie, in trying to get to the carrycot died also.

By early light, many people were brought to safety, but by a miracle, their baby was found, still floating in the carrycot, by a Dutchman.the baby was alive and well. The babys  Grandparents spent the night hanging on to the roof of their bungalow, they were eventually rescued and took their grandaughter  into their care.

By Marion Board (nee Foster)
On 12/12/2014

Wonderful to find all this detail I am Linda's 4th cousin through her great grandmother Sarah Ann Dillingham. I only started extending this neglected Dillingham line today and nothing could have prepared me for this fascinating, yet very tragic tale.

By David Wiltshire
On 30/07/2019

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