September 30th, 2016

APPEAL – Owner of WWII photos thought to be in Bromsgrove

Updated: 10:54 am, May 07, 2015

STANDARD readers are being asked for help in reuniting some Second World War photograph owners with their pictures which were found in a vintage handbag.

Sarah Coles-Connor got more than she bargained for when she opened up her new bag bought as a present from her husband Mike for £15.99 at Dagfields Crafts and Antiques Centre, in Cheshire.

Sarah and Mike were intrigued to find four long-lost photographs of soldiers in the war, a torn up tram and train ticket, a brass button and a newspaper clipping of a birth announcement.

The clipping read ‘Birth – On July 12th, at the Sandwell Nursing Home, West Bromwich, to Mr and Mrs D. Key (nee Violet Hamer), 14, Church Square, Oldbury. The gift of a son’.

Sarah said a family friend researched the items and discovered the son in question was called Anthony Key who later married Anne E Brookes. The pair are both believed to be living in the Bromsgrove area.

Sarah said Mike first discovered the items and showed her when she got home from work.

She added: “The bag was described as a World War Two bag in the antique centre and, as a design student, he’d been intrigued by it.

“We were both amazed and quite excited about the discovery but felt sad the photographs and bag had been forgotten or mislaid and separated from a family.

“It was an immediate thought I had as soon as I saw the pictures, I wanted to reunite them with a relative.

“I thought if someone had discovered forgotten photographs of one of my grandparents dating back to the war, then I’d be overjoyed to be presented with them to gain more of an insight into their lives back then, what they got up to and how they must have felt during that particular period.

“It would be lovely if we could reunite these items with the rightful owner in time for Christmas.”

Email if you think you can help Sarah.

The vintage bag. (s)