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When Meg returned to Nantwich, she found herself living very near to my father, Jay Johnson, who had digs...

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Mr. T.C.R. Harrison has handled the contacts with Mrs. Heenan on our behalf and I have appended his letter...

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My Uncle was killed in France on the 29.08.1944 aged 21 and I have located three surviving members who went...

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Letter from Lt. Col Gadson Dated 1st May 1945icon for Recommended story

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