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Mr Derek A Clarke

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Hannah

Hannah Report 3 Feb 2013 23:05

Hello, I do hope that someone maybe able to help me, I am trying to help my brother-in-law find his father a Mr Derek A Clarke who I believed came from the Dorset or Devon areas, it is possible he was born in or around 1933 and was believed to be a dog handler, plus I have been led to understand that it is possible he may have a half sister with a name starting with J, I would be very greatful for any help or information that could point myself in the right direction.
With many Thanks Hannah :-)

brummiejan

brummiejan Report 3 Feb 2013 23:20

Hi Hannah.
If you check on Freebmd, there are a few Derek A. Clarke's born 1930-36. However, there are none in Devon but one in Poole 1933 which i suggest you go with as it fits your info.

http://www.freebmd.org.uk/cgi/search.pl

When you check for births after 1911, the mother's maiden name is given. You can use this to look for possible siblings, also marriage of parents if you are lucky:

Jan

jax

jax Report 3 Feb 2013 23:38

Was this man married to your BIL's mother? if not does he know about him?

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The one born in 1933 appears to have a full sister called Shirley.

Rose

Hannah

Hannah Report 4 Feb 2013 00:18

Thank you so much, it's amazing the help so quickly, No my BIL mother was not married to him but has only just told him about his father in the last year or so and will only give very little info as I think her memory is now going as she is 82 and unwell..!! It's very sad for my BIL as he has so many questions but very little to no answers, so I am with all your help trying to help fill in his life's jigsaw puzzle, so Thank you all so much from me and my BIL :-)

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Where/when was your BIL born?

Rose

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Is the half sister Derek's or your BIL's?

Rose

Hannah

Hannah Report 4 Feb 2013 07:35

My BIL was born in fulham sept 1960... And its believe that the half sister is his and could be around the same age give or take few years in both direction as i believe he never stayed around for my BIL's birth, i understand that it is possible that if live Mr Clarke may not want to be found or even meet my BIL but it would be nice to be given the chance or if he does have a half sister to maybe have some answers answered but there could be also the chance that he may never be that lucky, but thank you all so so much for listening and trying to help its all very greatfully received

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The Derek born in 1933 married in 1957 and his wife's name began with J.

Rose

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Looks like there was a daughter with the same name also born a few months after BIL. Also see and older son and another daughter.

You can see this for yourself on FreeBMD.

http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/cgi/search.pl

Rose

Hannah

Hannah Report 4 Feb 2013 11:03

Oh wow, rose thank you so much please could let me know where to look so I can show my BIL he will be so surprised, Thank you doesn't seem to be enough but it's all I have so a very big Thank you to you and everyone :-D

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Hannah,

Look on FreeBMD. The links have been provided above. Look for his birth and then find the marriage. Then look for births of the children using his surname and his wife's.

Rose

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Click ADD REPLY button - not this link! Report 4 Feb 2013 16:21

Does your BIL know where Derek was living in 1960? If I am correct, it was not Dorset or Devon.

Rose

jax

jax Report 4 Feb 2013 16:32

The man born 1933

Civil registration event: Death
Why can't I view an original image? [?]
Name: CLARKE, Derek Anthony H
Registration district: [?] Taunton
County: Somerset
Year of registration: 2006
Month of registration: August
Date of Birth:19 January 1933

District no: 7241B
Reg no: B98B
Ent no: 156
DOR: 806

Name: CLARKE, Derek A H
Registration district: [?] Poole
County: Dorset
Year of registration: 1933
Quarter of registration: Jan-Feb-Mar
Mother's maiden name: Snowdon
Volume no:[?]5A
Page no:[?]304

Hannah

Hannah Report 4 Feb 2013 16:39

Wow thank you Jax and Rose and everyone for your help you all have been amazing :-D

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Click ADD REPLY button - not this link! Report 4 Feb 2013 20:55

That's too bad. Looks like his wife (or daughter?) is still in Taunton.

Rose