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Mar 22

WWII evacuees traced after 68 years

Posted on Friday 22nd March 2013

Person Tracing - Percy

Persons Found - Billy and sister Hilda

Circumstances: Percy was looking for Billy and Hilda who were evacuated to his family home in Burton-on-Trent during World War 2 in 1942. At first, this appeared to be an impossible task but as the circumstances were part of our "social history", Percy was determined to succeed.

Amazingly, Percy still remembered Billie and Hilda's home address in London from 1942. Armed with their surname and a location, the GRO Indexes were searched for Billie and Hilda.s birth entries with the chance of finding a crucial second initial. This led to finding a marriage entry for Hilda; she had married in 1947 in the registration district near her home in London and now had a fairly unusual surname.

The GRO Indexes also revealed Hilda and her husband had a daughter in 1951 and as luck would have it, a marriage entry was found for their daughter, Teresa.

The next step was to use Peopletracer.s online electoral roll to search for Teresa, which provided an address to target. A letter followed and soon Percy received a phone call from Teresa who confirmed that Percy had traced the correct family. She was able to explain that Hilda is 87 and is being encouraged by her carers to tell them about her "wartime experiences" - what a coincidence.

Teresa also provided a contact address and telephone number for Billy and when Percy spoke with him, he was extremely pleased to be in touch after so long.

Thanks to the GRO Indexes and Peopletracer, the experiences of the wartime evacuees are not forgotten.