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Photograph of John Martin discovered in search for lost relative - (Photo)

Contributed by editor on May 22, 2009 - 10:24 AM

In the search for missing relative John Martin who was known to have lived and worked in the Folkestone and Hawkinge area, a photograph of him in 1969 has been discovered.

Australian reader searching for lost relative John Martin - UPDATED - (Photos)

Contributed by editor on May 10, 2009 - 09:46 AM

Dear Editor,

I'm trying to put together a jigsaw of sorts from Australia of a lost relative in the hope it may jog the memory of a reader.

Searching for photos of international motorcyclist, Robin Skipper

Contributed by editor on Nov 22, 2008 - 03:00 AM

Dear Editor,

I am trying to track down some pictures of my stepdad.

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He had a scrap book but has sadly lost it, please could you see if you can find
anyone who could put me in contact with someone that may be able to help.

My stepfather's name is Robin Skipper.

I think that he was racing motorcycles from the 1970s onwards.

He rode sidecar and solo, and  represented Great Britain.

Any information and photos would be gratefully received.

Many thanks

Aaron Clarke

Editor's note: Can anyone with information please
and we will forward the replies to Mr Clarke.

Searching for parents and grandmother Turton from Hawkinge

Contributed by editor on Aug 10, 2008 - 12:00 AM

Dear Editor,

I am looking for information on my grandmother, her name was Turton, but I don't know her christian name.

During the war she lived on the edge of Hawkinge airfield.

I am also looking for news of my mother Anne Charlotte Turton who married Frederick Nutting Gisby, but I can't find any record of them anywhere.

Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you

Bill Gisby




Please email if you can help and we will forward your reply to Mr Gisby




Are you the Yvonne Parry I once knew?

Contributed by editor on Jul 13, 2008 - 08:52 AM

Dear Editor,

I have been trying to locate an old teaching colleague, Yvonne Parry.

We taught together at St Francis Xavier in Canberra in 1983.

I lost contact with her several years ago and am wondering if she is the same person mentioned on your website.

Perhaps she is interested in contacting me.


Iris Frank

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Can you remember Carden butchers?

Contributed by editor on Apr 15, 2008 - 05:23 PM

Dear Editor,

Re: A walk into the country - 1900

I am researching my family tree and have found that John Carden a relation of mine owned the above butchers.

Do you know of any other information regarding the butchers and the Carden families of that time?

Many thanks for your help


Paul Carden

Hawkinge search for Walter Mant

Contributed by editor on Sep 15, 2007 - 11:43 PM

Dear Editor,

I am seeking information about my great grandfather.

Walter G B Mant lived in West End Cottage somewhere in Hawkinge.

It was a small holding and I know he was there during the Second World war. He is buried in the cemetery with Jane his wife and my mother Frances who as a girl used to visit him on his \'farm\'.

Is there anyone who might be able to identify where the house used to be? Anyone who might remember them?

Penny Hacking

Editor's note: Please contact the Gazette and we will forward any replies to Ms Hacking

Searching for the Slater family

Contributed by editor on May 08, 2007 - 09:22 AM

Dear Editor,

Hello there, I live in Australia although originally lived in the UK, and I'm trying to track down friends and family from the Cheriton area.

My husband Robert Slater from Cheriton recently died.

As in most marriages one listens, keep photos...and letters, none from UK unfortunately, but some of those very necessary details are missing and proving stumbling blocks to making sense of something to leave for daughter and grandson as they have no other relatives in Australia.

I am very interested in the Fred Slater my late husband's father was a Frederick Slater married to Nellie (nee Atkins) of Cheriton....and wonder if this could be a grand-son!

All of my husband's brothers were in the services, Charlie served in the Army, John was a Navy diver and my late husband Robert was in the RAF during the Second World War. There was a best friend Arthur Nokes who married a local girl but they went back to Midlands later. I do have baptismal from All Souls and service records of course.

If you have useful suggestions or contacts they would be very very much appreciated. I'm just hoping for something to crop up.

Many thanks

O. Rose-Slater

Editor's note:- If you have any information, please email us and we will forward replies to Mrs Slater

Searching for Derick Young

Contributed by editor on Apr 28, 2007 - 07:16 PM

Dear Editor,

I am looking for Derick Young who lived in Woodfield Close, Cheriton, Folkestone in the 1960s.

I would love to hear any information anyone has on this family.

Have a great day

Ron Colman

South Australia

Editor's note: Please email us and we will pass on any replies to Mr Colman

Lost Touch - Maureen Munro

Contributed by editor on Apr 10, 2007 - 08:12 PM

Dear Editor

Re: Lost Touch - Maureen Munro

I have been corresponding with a penfriend from the UK since 1955.

Unfortunately I lost her contact details last year and I am desperately trying to get hold of her.

She is Maureen Munro of Hawkinge.

Can she please contact me at:

20 Adams Street
South Africa

or at

Many thanks for your assistance.


June Kotzee

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