A SEARCH has been launched to uncover the identity of a woman thought to be Colchester’s only town serjeant.

Colchester mayor Julie Young wants to know the identity of the woman pictured with 1915/16 mayor Allen Aldridge in time for her International Women’s Day celebrations on Wednesday.

Efforts to discover her identity have so far drawn a blank. Even historian Andrew Phillips has been unable to find out who she is as all council minutes from the period have been lost.

The town serjeant was an officer appointed to keep order at meetings and would have also helped the mayor perform their duties.

Anyone with any information should email chad.nugent@nqe.com.