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Dumpted as a baby in Notting Hill London. 1948

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Kay???? Report 23 Aug 2013 16:59

Kemp Patricia hasnt met any relatives,,,,,its a story she has been told......

The hospital is next to the Scrubs-------the convant is still on Portabello Road,,,,,,,,its still a mystery after just leaving you,you were found and someone just knew who to return you to!,,,,Frances Sullivan,,,,as left babies are just left and no one knows who they belong to.,,,,they become foundlings,,,,,

The Foundlings museum dont hold modern day records,,,,this was 1948.....


Ru Report 23 Aug 2013 20:24


I seriously suggest you go to SS as a lot of speculation can lead to heartache and I feel you have this at present.

I think your mother must have been in turmoil when she left you, but it is important to start from the beginning.

Good to know the convent is still in Portobello Road; just goes to show you think you know an area, but they may know of the incident.

There really are some good comments here and SS and you need to study your birth certificate again as Fairthorn states - it gives you the best first leads.



Ru Report 24 Aug 2013 12:28


Have had a look at the Irish Site. This is so good and would be great if Patricia went there. Alternatively, the hospital in Hammersmith would hold the details of the person who gave birth to you Patricia and you should give that a try.

Patricia, please let us know what you have tried so far and the results.

Just off to bed now goodnight!


Patricia Report 24 Aug 2013 19:57

Thank you all , In al the years never had so much help. My So called mother never registered me before she left. The lady who looked after me did but with very little information.she also had me baptised at the local Catholic church . Her family were not catholic she just thought to was right. Went to the church for help but even less info. Three Hammersmith hospitals at the time ,not the one near scrubs . The baby hospital a couple of miles away was pulled down many years ago. Will come back later .Thank you Pat


Kay???? Report 24 Aug 2013 20:10

Patricia the records will have been archived even though the hospital is no longer there,,,,,,,,we can find out who has custody of them if you know the name of the hospital.

Do you know why the person that brought you up,,,,,,included the surname Shepherd into your birth registration?

Edit---------I'm sure things were about that you were not told of...


Patricia Report 24 Aug 2013 21:10

The lady who looked after me and registered me was called Shepherd, and i took her name.


Patricia Report 24 Aug 2013 22:47

Kay. Thank you for irish missing web , will try. Pat


Ru Report 24 Aug 2013 23:13

Hi Patricia,

Good morning from Christchurch.

I can feel your strength coming through now. Well done. You will get there, but it a long slow business.

So the lady that registered you had the name Shepherd - did you go to school from her house and when did you and she part company? Did you then go to another family from a placement?

All advice on here is for you and in your interest.

Keep us informed.

Good luck,



Patricia Report 24 Aug 2013 23:44

I stayed with the same lady who i called nan until she died. except for a short time at age 10 in a children's home.


Ru Report 25 Aug 2013 00:51

I have had a search for the hospital that may have been close to where you were originally left and it appears to be East Acton.

I am wondering if you could write to:

Making an FOI request - it is the NHS, I found on google:

Freedom of Information requests must be in writing, by post, fax or email.

The address for postal enquiries is:

Ministerial Correspondence and Public Enquiries
Department of Health
Richmond House
79 Whitehall
London SW1A 2NS

Requests can be faxed to: 020 7210 5952

For email requests please use the Department of Health contact form and write 'Freedom of Information' in the 'Subject' line.

You could then either send by email or post and give a brief story before going into too much detail. That way if they can help they will come back to you for more information
if it is necessary or refer you on.

This should give you the hospital where you were born, the name and contact details of your mother at the time. This will then give confirmation to you that any stories, names, etc. are correct and not inuendo.

See how you go with that.

(this is where I obtained the information so you could go to this yourself and see what you decide from what it offers).

Hammersmith Hospital

Telephone: 020 3313 1000
Address: Du Cane Road, London, Greater London, W12 0HS

I am of the opinion that all Depts of the kind will want to help or find it needs the 'too hard basket'. However, inspiration is a wonderful thing and you may find someone takes an interest and will help.

Good luck.



Patricia Report 26 Aug 2013 21:15

no results on Irish missing, any other sites for Waterford. Please


Ru Report 26 Aug 2013 22:28

I cannot help you with this, but someone else may be able to.

Only suggest that you may like to make contact with the churches in the area who may have baptised Frances Sullivan and may lead you to the family.

I did a google on churches in Waterford and came up with a few: › Services › Churches › Waterford?

Try this unless a helper comes on here with access to help you. Do you have any idea of Frances religion? This may help.

To help you to help yourself Patricia, all you need to do is go to google and key in waterford bmd. This is another way of finding information.



Patricia Report 26 Aug 2013 22:39

Thank you for al your help, i will try your suggestions. Thank you again Pat
she was catholic


Ru Report 26 Aug 2013 22:52

You will get there - keep trying - you are doing well so far.

Go to google and key in Catholic Churches in Waterford, Ireland and then contact the church - I have no doubt they will wish to help and if they cannot ask them to direct you to who may be able to.

Just off out now, will look into thread later.



Patricia Report 26 Aug 2013 23:12



Ru Report 27 Aug 2013 05:20


Not wishing to get your hopes up too quickly, but I found this on google:

Trace Missing Persons Ireland. | Facebook
Photo: PLEASE SHARE: Trace Missing Persons Ireland are seeking your assistance in ... WATERFORD FRANCES SULLIVAN Frances Sullivan had a baby in ...

Now if you are on Facebook, which I am not, you could connect to this and see if it holds something fvor you. Unless, it is you who has put this on, it may be other siblings or children of Frances or nothing connected at all.

Go in and have a look.



Kay???? Report 27 Aug 2013 09:33

Shappo,that FB is Patricia,

I am wondering how *Nan* was able to register a birth using her own surname!,,,,,,,,as it was an offence and would have been told this if she informed the registrar as she lacked details about your birth,it would have been questioned at the time....

Have you looked into *Nans* family.?


Ru Report 27 Aug 2013 09:54

Thanks for the information re Facebook. Yes, came to same thoughts today Kay???.

I always questioned the registration bit. It is just not permitted.

I think the suggestion of Nan's family is the right direction and I also think the hospital would have details of your birth - mother's name, etc. You definitely need to get this confirmed.

Patricia, perhaps you could search trees for 'Nans' family. Did she marry, your foster father, children of your nan, etc.



Patricia Report 27 Aug 2013 20:45

Sorry it was me who put the missing message on. Thank you.


ann Report 27 Aug 2013 20:54

There is a Frances Sullivan getting married in Waterford in 1957. 3 marriages but all the bridegrooms called Richard so don't know what one that Frances married