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Wartime Romance

by frankpeters

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Georges Emile lucas, Mary jane Reilly
Location of story: 
Greenock, Scotland
Background to story: 
Royal Navy
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19 October 2004

Emile Lucas was serving his country when he joined the French Navy during world war two, he was stationed in Greenock Scotland when the French Navy surendered to German forces.Emile was from a small French town called Laval in the Loire valley, a town he would never see again.In 1938 he transfered into the Royal Navy, for some obscure reason he was asked to take an English name, he chose the name Peters.In 1941 he met Mary Jane Reilly who worked in a factory producing munitions a 17 year old local girl, they fell in love. They married in December 1941 in St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church Greenock.Emile never saw his native France again he remained in the United Kingdom until his premature death in 1963 at the age of 42.He left behind three daughters and a son, I am that son i'm now 53 years old and long to know this man I lost so young, who was he, what were his roots I need to know for they are my roots! My Mother is now gone to so their is no older family to tell me the things i need to know to make me a complete person before I pass on .

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Message 1 - Re: Wartime Romance

Posted on: 19 October 2004 by Peter - WW2 Site Helper

Dear frankpeters

This would be best posted on the Royal Navy Research Desk. Leave it here, but also repeat it there or link from it.

I would start my research with your parents'registry marriage certificate and also the entry in the church records at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church Greenock.

Also check Royal Navy Service Records here links but they may just have your father recorded as Peters.

Good luck,



Message 2 - Re: Wartime Romance

Posted on: 20 October 2004 by frankpeters

Hello Peter, At last someone one who is able to give me some constructive help, for which I thank you. I have been in touch with the church my parents were married and was delighted to find out my French Grandparents names and my Dads last known address in France, imagine after 53 years I know my paternal Grandparents!Thanks also for service details, I will try to post this info to the RNR desk when I work out how to do it again thanks very much Regards Frank Peters

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