Reconnecting Old Friends

Tracing mother’s old friend

Tracing mother’s old friend. Reconnecting two old lost friends from their days in the Wrens. We see her reaction when meeting up again with Dena. The amateur shot below was filmed by Dena’s daughter without her knowledge, to add to the surprise. Hence, the somewhat weird images were taken from behind. This was the only way to avoid Dena knowing what was going on.

Here’s their story!

Tracing mother’s old friend. We were recently commissioned by a lady named “Nikki” to find her mum’s old friend named “Shirley”. Her mum’s name incidentally is “Dena”.

They originally met during their days together in the navy. Where they were both serving as ‘Wrens’.

Shirley was a much-missed old friend. The lady whom mum so often talked about and was sad to have lost contact with.

It seemed as if she had vanished off the face of the earth.

Tracing mother’s old friend was proving very difficult. Despite numerous attempts to trace her.

Finding mum’s old friend -Shirley.

To cut a long story short our people tracing team did manage to find Shirley. It was then arranged (unbeknown to Dena) that they would all meet up in a pub on Mum’s birthday. What a joy to behold!

After 40 Years Two Friends Reunited.

Left to right: Violet a mutual friend, Mum (Dena), and Shirley that elusive best friend.

Tracing mothers
3 friends from their RN days

Tracing mother’s old friend was a privilege for us to work on.

During those times together, they were inseparable. Forever up to minor pranks, jokes, and mischief. They could always make each other laugh.

Eventually having left the service and subsequently, both marrying, inevitably lost touch. This, of course, was due to changing surnames and addresses.

Over the years Dena had often spoken to Nikki about her dear old friend Shirley.

Also wondered if Shirley often thought about her too!

Expressing how it would be her lifetime wish/dream to see Shirley at least once more.

We received an E-mail Message from Nikki: See below:

Hello, I am trying to surprise/ reconnect my mum with her old best friend with whom she was also in the navy. This is all I know about the lady: Pre-marital name: Shirley xxxx (Data Protection)
Marital name:xxxx (Data Protection)
Husband: xxxx (Data Protection)
Location born: Lancashire
Year born: approx 1951

After a few email exchanges and good progress, Nikki said: Hi John, amazing work so far, thank you.

Nikki to John: Dear John, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your kindness and for your informative advice.

Nikki to John: You are a genius! I have searched on and off for years and didn’t get half of the info you have provided. 

John to Nikki: We have found her! It was not straightforward, lots of dead ends.

Note: the breakthrough came about via her niece!

Nikki to John: John, this news is incredible! What an exceptional service! It’s her!

Following on: A reunion was planned for 1/11/19 in a pub. They arranged to bring Shirley down from Scotland where she resides to a pub in West Sussex for a pub lunch for the reunion.

Shirley was ‘in on the plan’ but Dena has no knowledge of the rendezvous or indeed that we found Shirley.

It’s clear dear Dena was a bit overwhelmed by it all! Imagine ‘out of the blue’ on her birthday her dear old friend turns up after 40 years. Dena couldn’t take it all in.

We are told they had 5 wonderful hours together. Lots of memories, laughter, and tears. Let’s hope they stay in touch.

Finding mum’s old friend the culmination of quite a lot of work.

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