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Can you help track down long lost relative from Stretford?
8:00am Sunday 27th October 2013 in News
A GREAT-grandson is appealing to see if anyone has any information about his great-grandfather, who helped Belgian refugees during the Great War and passed away more than 50 years ago.
Walter Marwood Laurence died aged 83 in 1959 and is buried in Stretford Cemetery, having lived on Kings Road in the town.
But none of Paul Brooke’s family even have a photograph of Walter to identify him and want to know if anyone has any further information to shed some light on his life and times.
“Despite extensive searches of local studies departments and military museums much of Walter’s life is a mystery,” said Paul, 50, who lives in South Yorkshire.
“I do not like mysteries and am determined to solve this one. I have been researching my family history for years and strangely, I know more about my distant ancestors than my closest.”
During World War One, he worked as a billeting officer in Birkenhead helping thousands of Belgian refugees who had fled German occupation of their homeland in 1914.
After the war, he became an office manager and cashier for solicitors’ firm Hall, Brydon and Chapman in Manchester.
Walter married twice, first in June 1904 to Elsie Mary Woodward with whom he had two sons with – Norman and Richard – with Elsie passing away in January 1919.
He later remarried to a woman named Marjorie Keating, before passing away in the late fifties and according to Paul, had a simple ceremony at his funeral.
Anyone with information about Walter can email Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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