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, "Carol Claxton"
Does anyone know why children of the same family were split up after
leaving Tehran ? My father and two of his siblings ended up in
England, one in Australia and one in New Zealand.Their mother I
believe stayed behind in Iran and was reunited with her
In my families case the split seems to have been done purely on sex
and age grounds - for example:
Parents, if not in the forces, and young children (i.e. younger than
14 or 15) were normally left together, but often dispersed - East
Africa for example . Boys older than 15 usually went into the Cadets
(Junacks) or similar, Girls of the same age often went into the
As the respective organisations were based often in different
countries (if not continents) this is why families were split up. In
my fathers case, his mother had died in Krasnavodsk. Russia, his
father ended up in Italy with the Polish Army. As he was classed as
an orphan he was placed on a transport to New Zealand, but he
absconded, added a year to his age and managed to join the Cadets.In
his own words...
"I went to the recruiting officer and was asked my age, he told me I
was too young. I went back the next day, added 1 year to my age and
pleaded. I was accepted - I learned later that the recruiting officer
had lost his 3 sons in Russia."