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MISSING . . . and FOUND!

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THE DAILY MAIL offers you a unique chance to re-establish contact with long-lost relatives and friends. Each week, MONICA PORTER features someone trying to find a missing loved one, as well as a tale of people reunited. This column is produced with voluntary tracing service, Searching For A Memory, run by Gill and John Whitley. ROSE HEARD writes: ‘This is a photo of my grandparen­ts, Jim and Elsie Prouse, with my mum Irene and her sister Rita, plus three wartime evacuees from London — Joan, Marion and Georgie Lock, whose father was George Lock, a printer.

‘Gran has written on the back and from left to right they are: Joan and Marion, Jim, Georgie, Elsie, Rita and Irene.

‘Gran only wanted to take in two children evacuated during the war, but these three siblings insisted on staying together. They came from Plough Road, Battersea. Mum’s family lived near Bude, North Cornwall, and we think the photo was taken at nearby Duckpool Beach in 1941 or 1942.

‘Mum is wondering if Joan, Marion and Georgie are still alive and would like to make contact with them again.

‘She can’t remember how long the children lived with her family, but says they went to her school and fitted well into the family and that my grandparen­ts treated all the children the same. They lived in a large house, so there was plenty of room for everyone.

‘My grandfathe­r worked at Dene Lodge, Morwenstow­e, as an agricultur­al merchant, selling animal feed and seeds, all his life from the age of 15. He ran the business during the war when the owner’s sons went off to war.

‘ Mum thinks the Lock children kept in touch for a while after the war, but as is often the case, correspond­ence eventually dried up.’ SOME months ago, Michael field craft, live firing on the Cavilla asked for help. ‘We are ranges and having a great a group of Army Cadets, now time away from home. in our 60s and 70s, organising ‘We got up to great pranks a reunion for 2017 and lookand mischief, and the ing for old members. our character-building and selfgroup met at 86 Fulham High sufficienc­y training served us Street, London from 1958. well in later life.’

‘originally the unit was P our helpful voluntary family Battery, 254 Royal Artillery. It researcher, David Kilby, found morphed into D Company 1st two missing members, both Cadet Battalion K.R.R.C. living in the South-East.

‘We’d particular­ly like to And we received this email contact Harry Parker, John from the other side of the James Margiotta, Keith ‘Pond’: ‘My name is Gordon Brooks and Arthur Lupton Moon and my father, who and any past member keen to lives in the UK, sent me your meet for a beer and a chat. article. I was in that Company

‘ Many great friendship­s in the Seventies. were formed during those ‘I am now a colonel in the years, with meetings three U.S. Army. Please send me times a week, camps with the contact details, as I’d love to Army doing infantry training, re-connect with them.’

IF there is someone you would like to trace, write to Gill Whitley, 1 Newbrook house, New hall Lane, Preston, Pr1 5Pe, enclosing an SAe, or send an email to monica.porter@dailymail. co.uk — including a contact phone number. All communicat­ions will be answered as soon as possible. this column is researched with the aid of Peopletrac­er (www.peopletrac­er.co.uk). A small donation will be requested for employing Gill Whitley’s services.

 ??  ?? Reporting for duty: Army Cadet unit P Battery in 1962
Reporting for duty: Army Cadet unit P Battery in 1962
 ??  ?? Outing: Prouse family and three wartime evacuees in the Forties
Outing: Prouse family and three wartime evacuees in the Forties

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