A suitcase full of photos - police appeal in Rochdale.

Discussion in 'Searching for Someone & Military Genealogy' started by von Poop, Dec 7, 2017.

  1. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    A member asked me to start a thread to see if anyone could help:

    "Yesterday a Rochdale PCSO Tweeted a request for help to find the owner of a suitcase [lost property dumped in Bacup] that contains hundreds of photos. It's possible the owner retired to Rhyl. They don't know if he's died or not. My first reaction was to ask if there were any military photos as this website could help find the owner or family via connections, veterans organisations or museums. The PCSO DM's me quickly with a WWII era photo. Looks like he was in the infantry. RGJ perhaps?
    His name is Leslie H. Hamer

    The PCSO said he'd be able to send more WWII photos to me on Friday."

    Said picture:
    Old Photo.jpg

    Any thoughts?

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  2. idler

    idler GeneralList

    I'm going to say REME
  3. Guy Hudson

    Guy Hudson Member

    Leslie H. Hamer
    Born : Rochdale 2Q 1922
    Married : Jessie Barraclough 3Q 1945 Rochdale
    Was living in Abergele, Clwyd, as of 2010.
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  4. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Re member

    England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1916-2005
    Name: Leslie H Hamer
    Mother's Maiden Surname: Kershaw
    Date of Registration: Apr-May-Jun 1922
    Registration district: Rochdale
    Inferred County: Lancashire
    Volume Number: 8e
    Page Number: 88

    Not in - Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007 - so confirms Guy above still alive 2010 onwards

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  5. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Re member

    Just checked further - nothing in deaths before 2015 - so guess he has died since Jan 2016 - not yet updated on sites such as Ancestry

  6. Guy Hudson

    Guy Hudson Member

    Craftsman Leslie H. Hamer R.E.M.E.
    Rochdale Observer 28th July 1945
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  7. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

    So much optimism between the lines of the wedding report...and now a lifetime's memories dumped in an old suitcase. I hope that it was by accident. It would be sad if there was no family to be interested.
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  8. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Well done Guy great work
  9. Mr Jinks

    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

    Published in the Daily Post on 19th September 2009 (Distributed in Llandudno Junction, North Wales)
    Leslie Holt Hamer
    HAMER - MRS JESSIE HAMER and family would like to express their sincere thanks for all those who attended the funeral of her Husband Mr Leslie Holt Hamer. Also thank you to all friends and family for their kind words, cards and flowers. Special thanks to Mary and the girls at Seabank Bowling Club for the reception. Many thanks to all at Peter Roberts & Sons especially Catrin and all who helped with the funeral.

    :( Kyle

    Leslie Hamer : Acknowledgement
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  10. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Re member


    All England and Wales, Death Index, 2007-2015 results for Leslie Hamer

    Mr Percival Leslie Hamer 7 Mar 1914 7 Dec 2010 Bordon, Hampshire, England

    Mr Leslie Cornelius Hamer 1924 17 Dec 2009 Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England

  11. Mr Jinks

    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

    Addresses here but my findmypast subscription has lapsed :(

    Hamer Leslie H — — 2002-09 Uk Electoral Registers 2002-2014 Abergele, Clwyd, Wales

    Hamer Leslie H — — 2002 Uk Electoral Registers 2002-2014 Wrexham, Clwyd, Wales

  12. Guy Hudson

    Guy Hudson Member

    I sent the address to Von Poop, possibly Jessie Hamer is still in residence?
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  13. Mr Jinks

    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

    Smart move :)

    No point in broadcasting her details on the net.

    Excellent work once again on the Forum perhaps the boys in blue should ask here again. May be able to sort out the high crime rate :police:

    :) Well done again Guy

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  14. Mr Jinks

    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

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  15. Tom Wallace

    Tom Wallace Junior Member

  16. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    Excellent, and by a stroke of synchronicity, the officer returning them has the same name as the family.
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  17. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Well done to you all
    great show

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