Man in a quest to find his lost family
AMAN has launched a quest to find his fractured family. James Bamford was just 10 when his parents split up and he and his six siblings were put into care.
In the 46 years since he has never seen any of them.
James, who grew up in Macclesfield, has now launched an appeal to try and make contact with his family.
The 56-year-old said: “Every Christmas, birthday or father’s day, I get the same painful realisation that I don’t know what happened to my family.
“I have tried to find them, and sometimes got very close, only for the trail to run cold. It’s difficult to pick yourself up after such disappointments but I want to give it another try. They may feel the same and wonder what happened to me. It’s worth reaching out.”
All that James knows is that his father Philip Bamford left his mother Phyllis when he was about 10. Unable to cope with the children, who were aged between six and 12 - Phyllis is thought to have put six of them in care - Margaret, Catherine, Henry, Philip jnr, James and Alan.
Phyllis is thought to have moved to Stoke on Trent with her eldest daughter Patricia, and died five years ago.
Catherine and Philip jnr are believed to have stayed together with foster carers in Macclesfield, as are Margaret, Alan and Henry, who was disabled.
James said he was put into a children’s home in Congleton.
He said: “I have no idea why we were all split up, but I never saw any of them again.”
After growing up in Congleton James got a job working at Stepping Hill Hospital as a porter.
He later moved to Blackpool where he has worked in hotel and factories.
Over the years James had some fleeting contact with Patricia and wrote to his brother Philip, but never got a reply.
He even visited Stoke on Trent where he learnt of his mother’s death.
He has no idea if his dad Philip is still alive.
James, who is married with three step-daughters, said: “I have my birth certificate and a few papers with details of my siblings, but that’s it.
“I don’t know where to start, so I am hoping by reaching out to my home town’s newspaper they will read it and get in touch.”
If you can help James reconnect with his family you can email him at email@example.com or by calling his mobile 07749 034021.
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●● James Bamford from Macclesfield is looking for his family