This is Linda'sister Lesley here - I believe you are the son of our cousin Patricia Ann, who I think I only ever met once and that when I was very young and was visiting Nanna Pamplin in Woolwich. Sadly I also only met Auntie Phil once - at the same time. I believe there was some undercurrents in the family but all I was ever told was that it was not my business.
I read with interest what you said about my Dad, Leslie and I'm sorry that things have got a bit distorted over the years. Daddy was in the Royal Navy during the 2nd World War and was awarded the D.S.M for bravery, but I am not really sure what it was for - I know his ship (HMCS Iroquois) was involved in some action close to the Ile de Chausey - just off the Normandy coast and that they were responsible for saving many lives of people from a ship that was torpedoed - My Auntie Joyce thought Dad repeatedly dived into the waters to rescue people although they were under fire from the Germans, but then Mum told us that it was awarded for him climbing up the mast in the cold of the Arctic in order to repair the radar, without which the ship was in dire trouble. Dad never talked about his time in the Navy or the war as he always worried about the German children who never knew their Dads, after their ships were sunk! I think this was something that troubled a lot of men who had seen action. Anyway, his leg was very badly damaged in an industrial accident when I was just 8, he tried to stop a runaway Fork Lift Truck which was heading towards men and machinery in the factory where he worked. I can remember the day when my mum told me what had happened as I got home from school - Lynne was only about 5 at the time. He was in hospital for about 9 months and at a rehabilitation unit for about 6 months.
Well, anyway that is the story behind my Dad - I would love to here more news from you - about your Mum and Dad, I know your grand-parents are dead because when I contacted Aunty Phil to let her know Dad had passed over, Uncle John told me that she had already died and I believe Aunty Joan had already died by then too. Again, I never met her or her family - because of this problem with Nanna Pamplin. I believe the two girls kept in touch with their Dad - who was a lovely old Grandad, but not their mother.
If you get this message please get in touch as I would love to hear from you.
I am at present living in Normandy and love it, but John, my husband is missing our grandchildren desperately and so we are selling up and going back to England. Also, I think he is very scared that I might be taken ill as I have a heart problem, and as he cannot master the language
(I do all the talking!!)he is afraid for my safety. I am devastated by this but I feel I must follow his reasoning and go back to England. John is my second husband, Harry, the father of my two daughters died 16 years ago - just two years after Dad died.
Any way, please get in touch it would be lovely to hear from you.
Lesley Richards (nee Pamplin and proud of it!!!)
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