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I'm so excited about meeting long lost family
9:54am Friday 27th September 2013 in News
ANDOVER woman Larraine Trembath has been in contact with the brother and sister she never knew she had following a transatlantic appeal featured in last week’s Andover Advertiser.
Tennessee resident Lewis Cape knew he had an older sister with Andover connections after his elderly aunt spilled the beans about a romance in the Tidworth area.
The wartime romance between American GI James T Cape and Andover girl Jean Morris blossomed most probably after the pair met on Wilts&Dorset buses where Jean worked as a ‘clippie’ on the routebetween Tidworth and Andover.
Larraine was born in a Winchester private nursing home in 1944.
She said: “I think Mum was trying to keep my birth a secret, but she went to work with the soldiers in Tidworth Camp afterwards.
“I can remember himsat on my bed once when I was four and being taken to the seaside by a mystery man, but Mum would never say who he was. I havebeen searching for him for many years.”
Having seen the photo of her younger brother she is in no doubt about the family relationship.
Larraine added: “I got a text from my daughter Abi on Saturday night asking whether I had seen the Advertiser that day.
“When I saw the story I cried for the next two hours as it really took the wind out of me.
“Since then I have hardly slept a wink as I was so nervous and excited about the news.
“My mum was a very beautiful woman and I don’t think she hadto tryvery hard– she said it was the best time of her life when she was a clippie although my nan would tell her off for bringing these Yanks home.”
Corroboration for her story comes from 85-year-old Jim Stoodley of Everleigh, who worked with the US Army’s 2nd Armored Division based in Tidworth when he was a 15-year-old apprentice engineer.
Jim said: “I worked with him for two or three months and remembered him from the very good photo in the Advertiser.
“He was an easygoing guy and like most of the GIs he would like to go to Andover for a good night out and I saw him in the bus queue at Hampshire Cross on two or three occasions. I didn’t know anything about a girlfriend.”
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