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LOOKING FOR JACQUELINE HORNBLOWER/KEMP (article first published : 2002-07-17)

"My name is Joan, maiden name Edmonds, and I am looking for a Jacqueline Hornblower, who, from age 9 onwards, lived at 55 Stonecroft Way, Croydon, Surrey, England. Jacqueline came over from France with her mother and father - her mother was called Blanche, father was English, probably named George,

I lived at 33 Stonecroft Way, Croydon when we knew each other. We became best of friends, she taught me French, and I taught her English. We went to junior, then on to grammar school together, and remained friends later when we both worked in London, she working at Elizabeth Arden in Bond Street, and I in Pall Mall.

Later Jacqueline met and married a chap surnamed Kemp, and moved to Durban. We corresponded for some time, and I understood that she obtained a pilotís license in South Africa, however, as the years went by, she stopped writing and we lost touch with each other.

After a while, I became concerned and wrote to her parents, who lived at a seaside address in the south of England. Sadly, I received my letter back, from the new owners of her parentsí house, stating that they had both died.

Thus my trail ended - since then, I have broadcast on English radio, and put adverts in the 'Yours' magazine, published in England, but sadly to no avail. I rang the South African embassy, and tried various leads which they gave - still no luck. Any help finding her would be most appreciated, as I really would love to meet up with her again, and compare notes on our lives.

Her last known address was 9 Erroldene, McDonalds Road, Durban - this would be roughly about 1950, but no subsequent address is known.

A message can be emailed care of adrian.mctiernan@ntlworld.com or you can phone myself, Joan at 0944 1420 476439.

Thank you for any help you could give me, your offer of help is most kind. Yours sincerely, Joan Nield (nee Edmonds)




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