Tracing mothers old friend

tracing mothers 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 sad to have lost contact with.’

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

Tracing mothers old friend was proving very difficult. Despite numerous attempts to trace her.

Finding mums 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 Mums 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.

finding mums old friend
3 friends from their RN days

Here below is Shirley being filmed on her way to the pub. See the reaction when meeting up with Dena. Poor Dena knew nothing of the conspiracy. It left her struggling a bit as to what was going on.

Tracing mothers old friend was a privilege for us to work on

We were so excited to be assigned to be tracing mothers 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 absolutely inseparable. Forever up to minor pranks, jokes, and mischief. They had the ability to always make each other laugh.

Eventually having left the service and subsequently both marrying, inevitably they 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 wondering if Shirley often thought about her too. !

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

Unfortunately, despite numerous attempts by Nikki to trace her, it always ended in failure. But with her mums pending birthday coming up soon prompted Nikki to try once again, in earnest. \But this time she decided to give us a try.

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 she was in the navy with. 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.

She thought it’s a birthday present pub lunch. As a bonus, there was a third lady attending named “Violet”. She was a bit younger although spending a lot of 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 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. Produced by

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