My Great Grandad is possibly in the picture of the Kings Royal Rifle Corps as he spent some time guarding German Prisoners at a camp near Makro on Rawreth Lane ,before he went to the Front. He was not from Rayleigh he lived in West Ham.
The second photo is of Manns Corner, where the clock is now. During the war my Mum lived there with her parents above the shop.(The pale building on the right). I’m told that at one time in the war soldiers were parading there and their sergeant was being so unkind to them that my grandmother stuck her head out of the window you can see in the picture and told off the sergeant. What the troops thought of it I can only guess…. π
In 1958 i worked for a rayleigh builder and we had a job of converting the buildings on the rawreth camp into small factory units. This was for a local business man who also had a similar camp on canvey island