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Remembered Today:

2 Generations Didn't Know Their Father


Sparky53
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Through genes reunited I 'm in touch through a 3rd party with a 2nd cousin I never knew about.

His Grandfather was my Gt Uncle Pvt Thomas Ridge Name 21507

2nd Northamptonshire Regt

DOW Barlin 1/6/16

Thomas had a son Harold Thomas he never met.

I discovered last night Harold Thomas died in WW2

Unit Text:Gunner 7/4 Maritime Regt.

Date of Death: 11/07/1942

Service No: 1531205

Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 77, Column 3.

Cemetery: PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL

and his son ( my newly found 2nd cousin ) Thomas was never seen by his father either.

I suppose it wasn't that unusual makes you think though

Jane

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I suppose it wasn't that unusual makes you think though

Jane

It certainly does Jane. I wonder how many other families can recite the same sad experience. And what effect does it have on someone never to have known their father (or grandfather).

Patrick

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  • 1 month later...

Just updating my story have now been in direct contact with 2nd cousin Thomas Ridge

His father Harold Thomas Ridge was killed on SS Port Hunter - there is a website with details about the Convoy OS33 here

http://www.convoyweb.org.uk/os33/index.htm...htm~mainframe33

He hopes to visit his grandfather Thomas Ridge's grave at Barlin next year on the 90th Anniversary of his death.

Talking to Thomas makes me realise how lucky I am that both my grandfathers survived the Great War and my father survived WW2

Jane

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