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Tracing mother’s old friend

The quest in tracing mother’s old friend. Like any other people’s search trace it proved an uneven path along the way. Reconnecting two old friends from their days in the Wrens had a few ups and downs. In the short video Dena and Shirley’s reaction when meeting up again made it all worthwhile. It all left Dena struggling a bit as to what was going on.

Here’s their story!

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

They initially met when they are 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 sad to have lost contact with them.

It seemed as if she had totally 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 arranged then (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 is a mutual friend, Mum (Dena), and Shirley, elusive best friend.

Tracing mothers old friend
3 friends from their RN days

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

We were tracing Mother’s old friend. We were so excited to be entrusted with the challenge of tracing mother’s most precious old friend. These three lovely ladies once served together in the Women’s Royal Navy Service – known as the Wrens (WRNS).

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, like some others they lost touch; this was due to changing surnames and addresses.

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

I was also wondering if Shirley often thought about her too! She expressed how it would be her lifelong wish/dream to see Shirley at least once more.

Unfortunately despite numerous attempts made by Nikki to trace her, it always ended in failure. But with mum’s pending birthday coming up  again, prompted Nikki to try once again in earnest. This time she decided to give us a try on the case.

We received an E mail message from Nikki: See below:

Hello, I am trying to surprise/ reconnect my mum with her old best friend who was 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: LancashireYear born: approx 1951

After exchanging few emails and making 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 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 loose 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 in a pub. They arranged to bring Shirley down from Scotland where she resides to a pub in West Sussex for a pub lunch  reunion.

Shirley was ‘in on the plan’ but Dena had no knowledge of the rendezvous and also that we have found Shirley.

Mum thought it’s a birthday present pub lunch. As a bonus a third lady was attending named “Violet”. However she was a bit younger but spent much time with the two girls in the Wrens. Luckily Shirley had kept in touch with her.

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 have been told that they had five beautiful 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. Produced by

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