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Monday, 11 November 2013

We should never forget......


The eleventh hour,
The eleventh Day,
The eleventh Month

Today is the one day of the year we should never forget.

Both my parents served in the second World War, my father died many years ago.  Now Mother has dementia and cant remember her service number or what ships she serviced on,  she was on so many,  she was then captured by the Japanese and spent two and half years in a POW camp.  I have been trying to research her war record.   In the war she had the nickname of Bubbles and was a nurse on either a troop ship or hospital ships.   Unfortunately her record seems to have disappeared,   this is a request to my UK followers,  if anyone has a relative or knows someone who was on the high seas during the war, could you ask them if they remember a nurse and what ship they were on with her,  or even if they were in a Japanese camp what the name of the camp was.  This might help to trace her record.  I have been around in circles with my research and getting no where. Thanking you in advance to anyone who might be able to give me some information.
I know she was on the high sea, during my lifetime several men have come up to her and said they never thought they would see her again,  thats how I learned her nickname,  one even told a story that if she thought the men needed she would match them around the deck even in a force nine gale.
I am watching the parade in London while I write this for tomorrow its a beautiful day with the sun shining and the sea of poppy wreaths being laid.  This is one day that should never be forgotten,  next year it will be one hundred years since the start of the first world war.

Margaret 

9 comments:

  1. It sounds like both your parents had long service during the war. I hope someone can help shed some light on your Mothers past history, It would be nice for you to know the story.
    Tilly

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  2. Margaret you need to contact SSAFA, they will help along with the British Legion who are amazing, I am sure you will get something back...
    My Dad was in the Navy before and after the WW2, but he passed away so no hope there, but start digging, something will turn up...Good Luck...xx

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    1. Hi Janette,
      No they can't help, they don't keep records, they got mother a mobility scooter 15 years ago and they get rid of records because of the data protection, in fact they were the least helpful along with the veterans organisation. I am really at the end of a long line of going around in circles that never seem to get anywhere, I did find out that some records have been destroyed looks like hers were included in them.
      Margaret

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  3. Wow she must have been a help to her country, I am fascinated with people that have served on ships, I so hate the deep blue ocean it's frightening to me. Sorry about your troubles with information, sounds like finding names or people that were higher rank than here may help. Hopefully there is an online group that specializes in this sort of problem. That is not government run that is what we do in this country when those problems occur. Try to Google search to seek them out.

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  4. Lest We Forget. Amen.
    Such a shame the records have been destroyed Margaret. I would have thought that war records would be preserved. If there are no records, then history is lost.....

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  5. I hope you can find some information. 'Who do you think you are?' makes it look so easy, you forget that there's a whole team of experts in the background.

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  6. Hello Margret, I got a hold of Kristine about that book and she Emailed me and said she would send me a book and needed my address and I gave it to her. and then I herd no reply, I tried sending her another and it said it failed permanently, I hope she is OK these messages where sent right around the Philippines storm, but don't know if that is related in any way. Could you see if you can contact her for me? I am not that good with computers.

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    1. I have email her fir you and will let you know when I hear from her.
      Margaret

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