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Guestbook - August 2005

The Guestbook is not just about finding old friends, you might also want to post questions about the local area or make comment on a visit to Coventry and Warwickshire. If you would like to post a message to the guestbook please send them to : editor@cwn.org.uk

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[23 AUG 05] LOOKING FOR INFORMATION ABOUT GEOFF/JEFF BENNETT
  I am looking for information about Geoff/Jeff Bennett.

Mr Bennet was my English teacher at Frederick Bird school during the period 1948-1951.

He is one of the greatest teachers I ever had, and I would love to be able to communicate with him.
CONTACT Larry Broadhurst
 
[08 AUG 05] LOOKING FOR INFORMATION ABOUT KEN FORREST
  My father George Kenneth Forrest (known as Ken) was in the fire brigade during the World War II and was based in Coventry.

I have been trying to trace any record of his service for a number of years but keep drawing a blank. We know that my father was awarded a medal as we have his ribbon but he never received his medal, he would never talk about the reason for his being awarded the medal.

With all the talk and public interest into the 60th anniversary for the end of the war this year, I feel it would be fitting for his family to at last get to the bottom of the mystery. My father passed away in July 1983, and whilst he may not have served in the forces he will always be a hero to me. I remember him taking me to visit the new cathedral some years ago, and the haunted look on his face when we entered the old Cathedral is one I will never forget.

Having visited the war museum Eden Camp and been in the hut which gives a reconstruction of an air raid the fear it created inside me will remain with me for as long as I live.

As far as I am concerned the men of the fire brigade were all heroes and should be recognised as such, to stand and deal with a fire now is frightening, but to stand and deal with so many fires whilst bombs are still raining down on you must have required extraordinary courage.

I have my own memories of my father which I will treasure along with the stories he told me, but if we could have his medal it would be a wonderful tribute to one small very unassuming gentleman, my dad. And it would be a legacy to pass on to my own sons.

I would appreciate it if anyone is able to help me to contact any organisation who could help me to trace any photos or people who knew my father in those years of 1939-1945. They may also remember my mother Valerie Tame whom he met in Coventry as she was also in the fire service there.
CONTACT Rachael Thompson
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