Family of WWII Prisoner of War traced following appeal by LOROS Hospice

Published on 31st July 2018

The son of William Gower, a Prisoner of War from WWII, known as Billy in a series of love letters recently uncovered in a LOROS Hospice charity shop, has come forward to claim the correspondence.

The letters were written in 1944 by Dolly Lowe from Cuddington to prisoner of war William Gower, or Billy, in Thailand, and were found by a volunteer, folded into a curtain which was donated to the Hospice.

His son, Trevor Gower, said: "As soon as we found out about the letters we contacted my mum, Mary, who said she remembered a Dolly.

"But of course no one knows how the letters came to be in the curtains.

"They look as if they have been well looked after, it would be wonderful to trace Dolly's family to tell the other side of the story."

Sarah Forryan, area manager for LOROS Hospice said: “We’re delighted to have found Billy’s son, Trevor, to pass these precious love letters on to.

“It’s good to know that his family will have an insight into such significant events in their father’s life.

“As a hospice we know the importance of supporting families and lasting keepsakes like these letters are an important memento of a loved one’s past.”

LOROS would still like to help Trevor to trace Dolly’s family to see if there are any other letters uncovered.

If you believe you have a family connection to a Miss D Lowe from Cheshire, please contact LOROS Marketing Department, Groby Road, Leicester, LE3 9QE.

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