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Looking for pictures of mum I last saw alive when I was six

PUBLISHED: 09:11 08 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:56 05 October 2010

Dear Editor, BEFORE I shake off this mortal coil, being 75, I would like to see a picture of my birth mother who tragically died on September 28, 1939. I was evacuated on the outbreak of the War, probably the last time I saw my mother. I was six

Dear Editor,

BEFORE I shake off this mortal coil, being in my 75th year, I would like to see a picture of my birth mother.

She tragically died on September 28, 1939, at 18 East India Dock Road in Limehouse, East London, following what I believe was an illegal abortion. This much I know from her death certificate.

There were several coroner inquest meetings between September 29 and November 29 that year.

I believe there was a police investigation into the cause of her death. Her married name was May Learmouth, although she may have also been known as May Heron. Her maiden name was May Smith.

I was evacuated in early September, 1939, on the outbreak of the Second World War, probably the last time I saw my mother. I was six years old.

I have never had any known relatives, apart from my brother who was evacuated with me. My brother and I were taken into care by the London County Council as orphans.

Because of the nature and place of my mother’s death, it may have been reported in the local press. I wonder if it possible the Advertiser may have some archive information. I do not know where else to go.

Maurice Kendall

Devon

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EDITOR: Best place for archive material from the Advertiser for 1939 is the Bancroft Archive and Local History Library at Mile End.


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