Hoping against hope for help
- Hi i have been looking for so long to try and find a picture of my grandad
who was killed in WW2. Now this may seam just a simple thing to many but
if i can relate the story maybe someone can help.
We moved from dundee to Australia in 1964 with mum dad (lowden) and 4 kids
1 baby on the way and 1 yet to happen,We learned as time went on that our
Dad,had never seen his father ,EVER as he was killed in action when dad
was only a few month old.My grandmother then destryed all and every photo
that existed of him.Why? No one knows ,she used to say because she was so
upset with him joining the army,but anyway the fact is we never were left
a photo. On my sisters trip to dundee 10 year ago she hit gold in(she
thinks it was the library) In an old book she found army photos of people
that were killed in the war from dundee.
She had the lady at the library copy the picture on the photo copier,and
made a few copies. However on her return to Australia she was horrified to
find that the 1 suitcase with the pictures never arrived and still to this
day have not arrived.It was marked as lost in transit. Now as time has
gone on and no one has ever gone back for a holiday to dundee,i find the
internet which i found a roll honour of the ww2 heroes and found his name
in it. What i am hoping (against hope ) is that someone can help me to
find this picture. My dad is not keeping in good heath now and just
recently had cancer opoeration to remove it (unsecsesfully).What i was
hoping is if i could find his Dad before his time comes,so that he can at
least have one of his life dreams realised by seeing what his dad looked
like. The soldier in question is*** Private John Lowden and below is the
only known thing on this man that we have evr been able to find.
The annoying thing is that we know somewhere out there is a picture of
this man but we just dont have the knowlege or means to get our hands on
it.Can any one please please help,this is my last hope to find this before
it is too late........Thanks for taking the time to read this.
Name: John Lowden
Address: 22 Arthur Street
Next of Kin: unknown
Served With: 152 Field Amb, Royal Army Medical Corps
Date of Death: 05/06/1940
Place of Death: in France & Belgium
Historical Information: unknown
Cemetery/Memorial: Dunkirk Town Cemetery, Nord, France
Memorial Ref: Column 143.
Location Details: unspecified
Information Source: People's Journal 11/07/1942
- hi, did you manage to get any help with your search for your grandad's
photo? i don't live in Dunee, but if you haven't managed to find the
picture, i may know someone in Dundee who may just be able to help. i
can't make any promises obviously. he's a busy man, but a good local
historian. i can only ask.
also, have you tried hte following resources?
Archive & Record Centre
21 City Square
DUNDEE. DD1 3BY
Tel. 01382 434494
fax. 01382 434666
Reception, Central Library, The Wellgate, Dundee DD1 1DB.
Telephone 01382 431500 or Fax 01382 431558
Art Galleries and Museums Association, Dundee
C/o 16 Swallow Apartments, Monifieth DD5 4NG, Tel: 535021
Secretary: Mrs Olive Thain, 16 Swallow Apartments, Monifieth, Dundee
i wish you all hte best in your research .. and hope your dad is
> Name: John Lowden
> Age: 25
> Address: 22 Arthur Street
> Next of Kin: unknown
> Rank: Private
> Number: 7344734
> Served With: 152 Field Amb, Royal Army Medical Corps
> Force: Army
> Date of Death: 05/06/1940
> Place of Death: in France & Belgium
> Historical Information: unknown
> Cemetery/Memorial: Dunkirk Town Cemetery, Nord, France
> Memorial Ref: Column 143.
> Location Details: unspecified
> Information Source: People's Journal 11/07/1942
if you are able to find out the name of the book the
picture was in, ill go down tot he libary and get the
photos for you;)
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- Hi le durachd fionnghal
Thanks for your kind letter and thoughts,dad is ok he has good then bad days,and to tell the truth he is really struggling to stay.
I have had a go at a few of the sites you sent me but i am not very compitent with this computer sytem. I am really only learing how it all works and i get frustrated when i think i have worked it out,only to draw a blank hahaha
I really appreciate your offer that you know someone who may be able to help me. I also know you can only ask as i could only imagine how busy he would be if (sorry he or she) he is chasing things like this up. As i said at the start it is hoping against hope ,i would just like to let Dad see his Dad as soemthing he has always wanted to do but never got the chance and i refuse to believe that someone can live without not a picture of them anywhere.
I thank you for at least making the offer and as this is my last sort of hope to try and find this picture oi can only hope that your friend can find some time to try and help me.
I cant thank you enough for at least trying for me and all i can offer you is my blessings and the knowlege that you are a kind person.
Thanks for taking the time to reply and to even read my request...
regards John Lowden ,junior,junior.
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