TRACING WALNEY RELATIVES, FRIENDS & RELATED ITEMS

This page is designed to allow this visitor to put forward requests in an attempt to re-establish links with lost friends and family members or specific items associated to / with Walney. If you wish to enquire please email me on the link below, but please respect that this most only be a Walney Island related request.

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Bob & Linda Reade,  I lived at 119 Dominion St. with my wife Linda and our children Robert and Helen (who were both born there). I was the Chairman of Walney Island Wildfowling Association until we emigrated to New Zealand in 1983, my mates were Geof Sharpe, Joey Kent, Ronnie Riley and Len Seward. I am trying to trace my cousin Susan Burgess-Tebbs (maiden name)  who lived at 22 Blackbutts Lane, she attended Walney School (in Ocean Rd.), I believe she may now be living in the Whitehaven area. I have not seen Susan for over 40 years, i am now 61 and it would be nice to re-establish contact before too many more years go by.

Bob, Linda, please can you contact info@walney-island.com with your current email address, I have someone attempting to contact you 24/09/11.

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Colin McGivern, I am trying to trace a family line / tree for my children regarding there blood line etc, and I have recently found out that my Maternal Grandmother came from Walney Island,  her Name was Winifred Nora Davis  born : 15-01-  ?   this bit is missing, possibly 1890 – 1910. Would you be able to direct me towards help. contact

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WANTED 'Dracula Spectacular' video: An early 80's performance entitled 'Dracula Spectacular', and which was filmed directly onto video (VHS, by a gentlemen named Price, I think?) and then offered for sale to raise funds for the school. I've made numerous attempts over the years to trace a copy, but without success. If anyone can locate a copy, I am willing to purchase at a fair price. contact

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Peter Cunliffe:  I am a writer and historian specializing in RAF bomber command in WWII. I am making attempts to locate an airman or relatives of Flying officer Robert Stitt who was shot down over Germany on the 16/17th April 1943 whilst serving on Lancaster bombers with 467 squadron. Robert Stitt was  the navigator of a Lancaster bomber who survived the shooting down of his aircraft by a night fighter and became a prisoner of war. He was from Walney island. If you know this man or or any of his family could you please put them in touch with me?

Whilst en route back over Germany from their attack on the Skoda works, at Pilsen Czechoslovakia, Stitt's Lancaster ED651 of 467 Squadron RAAF was attacked by enemy night-fighter. After being caught in search lights, when flying on the deck,  the attack set the port inner wing on fire and centre section of the fuselage. The controls were partly damaged and with the aircraft well on fire the pilot ordered his crew to crash positions and carried out a crash landing. The two gunners Sergeant Dunn and Sergeant Bannatyne RAF were thought to have been killed by the fighter’s attack.  The flight engineer, Sergeant Pallender was killed in the landing.  Wireless operator Sergeant Goode, died of burns in hospital at Köln-Hohenlind two days later.  Stitt the navigator and Boswell the bomb aimer each broke a leg.  According to Wilson, the pilot, Stitt was thought to have had the injured leg amputated later on and was repatriated.  Wilson, woke up in a Köln hospital with fractured vertebrae.  He had completed ten operations. Robert Stitt, from Barrow in Furness, England, was by profession a Naval Draughtsman, and as such in a reserved occupation.  He could have stayed in his civilian job but was one of the many brave men who chose to fight. (Copyright Peter W Cunliffe). contact

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Chris Skeen. To whom it may concern, I am an undergraduate student studying Geography at Newcastle University. As an integral part of my coursework I am writing a dissertation on the issue of offshore wind farms, focusing primarily on the Walney Wind Farm site in Cumbria. The title of my dissertation is ‘ Are the negatives of offshore wind farms less than those of onshore’. I am focusing my research on three main questions, 1. The effects of offshore wind farms on the wildlife, 2. The visual implications of offshore wind farms. 3.The effects of offshore wind farms on tourism. I would be greatly appreciated as part of my research, if you could put me in touch with someone who could answer a few questions on the effects of offshore wind farms on tourism as well as the visual implications. Thanking you in anticipation. Kind Regards, Chris Skeen contact

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Michala Thake. Hi, does anyone have any information on 5 Teasdale road? It's the big 3 storey house with the huge gable end that's across the back street from Chapel Site. I've lived there for 24 years and haven't been able to gather much information. I'd love to know when it was built and who by, or even if anyone has any information regarding previous residents? Any information would be most gratefully received. contact

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Robert Hartley Burns. I've had a read through your website looking for my grandfather, Robert Hartley Burns but he doesn't seem to be there. My father has told me he was supposedly born on Walney Island around 1923, not sure of his exact date of birth but we guess he will be in his early 90's now, 91 we think. Hope you can help. Kind regards, Mr S R Burns. contact

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