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ITALIAN PRISONER OF WAR IN ENGLAND:looking for my British uncle
« on: Tuesday 06 December 16 14:46 GMT (UK) »
Hi my name is Clara, I am writing on behalf of my mother and my aunt who are in search of their British brother:

"Hello our names are Maria and Filomena Antenori and we are the daughters of the late Mr Giuseppe Antenori, son of Angelo Antenori, born in Venosa ( Potenza, Italy) on 4th May 1919.

Our father was taken prisoner by the British in the battle of Bardia during the Second World War, probably on 3rd January 1941, and was kept a prisoner in the UK until 1946.
We have been looking for some information about our fatherís imprisonment for years. In particular we would like to find out the name of the family who owned the farm where my father worked between 1941 and 1946. Our father told us that he was treated very well and that he had a relationship with the farm owner, a Ms Barbara, from which a son was born.

In our fatherís diary we read that on 11th October 1945, while attending a fair in Kendal, he
was kicked by a horse and was sent to hospital there for a long period of time.
We also know that he was imprisoned in the labour camps no. 104 Beela River, Milnthorpe, Westmorland (identification number: 118160) and no.76  Merry Thought Camp, Calthwaite, Penrith, Cumberland (probably Plumpton). We obtained this information from the notes our father wrote on a photo he sent to his parents and from some documents presently kept at Potenza Military District.

Our father was very discreet when talking about our British brother, but we found the draft of a letter he had addressed to Ms Barbara, which proved that even after his repatriation he had kept a correspondence with her. In the above mentioned letter he enquired after Barbara and their sonís health and referred to a certain ďWailet TomsonĒ(?).

From oral sources we have learned that our father emigrated to Switzerland in 1960, lived there for about 20 years and kept his ties with his British family without us knowing, as he did not want to disturb our family balance.
In addition we remember to have heard a few times a name (Robert?), But this information is really unreliable.

The only aim of our search is to find out the identity of our British brother, if he is still alive, as we consider him a bond with our father. We are writing to ask for your help in this difficult search: a positive outcome could make our wish come true and possibly make also our British stepbrother happy. We would like you to share with us any information that may help us to trace our fatherís British family: addresses, telephone numbers, email or Facebook contacts."

I apologize for my English not very fair. I hope someone will be able to help me in this desperate search!

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Re: ITALIAN PRISONER OF WAR IN ENGLAND:looking for my British uncle
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday 06 December 16 15:45 GMT (UK) »
Your English is excellent. May I suggest that you contact newspapers in the area of England such as the "Westmorland Gazette "? It may also at this early stage be better to state an  interest in finding the Family and Farm where your father was looked after well, rather than introducing the chance that a man may not be aware that his father was not the man he grew up thinking he was. I don't think "Roots" deals with living people finding.
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Re: ITALIAN PRISONER OF WAR IN ENGLAND:looking for my British uncle
« Reply #2 on: Tuesday 06 December 16 15:51 GMT (UK) »
thank you very much for your availability. How do I contact the newspaper?  I tried a few times but I could not find an email address etc.


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Re: ITALIAN PRISONER OF WAR IN ENGLAND:looking for my British uncle
« Reply #3 on: Tuesday 06 December 16 16:03 GMT (UK) »
Hi  :) the Westmorland Gazette has a Facebook page, if you are on Facebook just put a search in the search bar and it should come up for you.

Frank  :)
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Re: ITALIAN PRISONER OF WAR IN ENGLAND:looking for my British uncle
« Reply #4 on: Tuesday 06 December 16 16:09 GMT (UK) »
thank you so much. Now I have tried! we hope well!!

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Re: ITALIAN PRISONER OF WAR IN ENGLAND:looking for my British uncle
« Reply #5 on: Tuesday 06 December 16 16:11 GMT (UK) »
hello you need the Cumberland and Westmorland herald , it covers Plumpton / Penrith area , they also have a web site . regards westlass

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« Reply #6 on: Tuesday 06 December 16 16:12 GMT (UK) »
All the very best of luck in your research   :)

Frank.
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Re: ITALIAN PRISONER OF WAR IN ENGLAND:looking for my British uncle
« Reply #7 on: Tuesday 06 December 16 16:16 GMT (UK) »
hello you need the Cumberland and Westmorland herald , it covers Plumpton / Penrith area , they also have a web site . regards westlass

Thank you! Where can I find this site? you attach the link?

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Re: ITALIAN PRISONER OF WAR IN ENGLAND:looking for my British uncle
« Reply #8 on: Tuesday 06 December 16 16:19 GMT (UK) »
I am afraid not that clever , but go to facebook and type in , also the Cumbria family history society are now on Facebook , you could join it , they will help you , regards westlass