SUCCESS STORIES

Each month we’ll update this page and reward the senders of the best story, our 'star story', with a magnum of Champagne or a luxury food hamper. If you would like your story to be considered for this page, please send an email to gemma@who-remembers-me.com We look forward to hearing from you soon!!

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Brenda, UK

Former boarding pals reunited!

Brenda O’Leary wrote to say she was contacted by a number of friends she used to go to boarding school with. There’s since been a school reunion and although it was 200 miles away, Brenda says it was well worth the journey. She rediscovered a lot of...

Brenda, UK

Former boarding pals reunited!

Brenda O’Leary wrote to say she was contacted by a number of friends she used to go to boarding school with. There’s since been a school reunion and although it was 200 miles away, Brenda says it was well worth the journey. She rediscovered a lot of old friends and has had fun catching up; they now fully intend to stay in touch!

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Zarrin, UK

Uni pals back in touch

Zarrin Aga wrote to say she recently reconnected with a former pal from Leeds University, whom she hasn’t seen in almost 50 years, since June ’61!

Zarrin, UK

Uni pals back in touch

Zarrin Aga wrote to say she recently reconnected with a former pal from Leeds University, whom she hasn’t seen in almost 50 years, since June ’61!
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Bob, UK

Ex-Army engineers reunited!

This month’s STAR STORY comes from Bob Paylor in Newcastle, who with a little help from Who-Remembers-Me.com, managed to trace and meet up with several ex-Army buddies from the Royal Scots Greys. Bob, 74, explains: “I joined the Army in 1956, aged...

Bob, UK

Ex-Army engineers reunited!

This month’s STAR STORY comes from Bob Paylor in Newcastle, who with a little help from Who-Remembers-Me.com, managed to trace and meet up with several ex-Army buddies from the Royal Scots Greys. Bob, 74, explains: “I joined the Army in 1956, aged 21. I was a member of the Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers or REME for short, which were attached to the Royal Scots Greys. It was our job to repair the tanks and equipment of the armoured regiments and in those days Prince Edward the Duke of Kent was in the Scots Greys; I looked after his tank! Admiral Ramsay’s son was also a junior lieutenant at the time.

We knew each other to say hello to but didn’t really socialise together. No, my friends were Alan, Don, Roland and John.

We all signed up more or less at the same time and first met while stationed at Catterick in Yorkshire. Like me, they too were electrical and mechanical engineers and if they weren’t busy repairing tanks, they’d be fitting guns or fixing radios.

Then in 1958 our regiment moved to Münster in Germany. In those days we were frightened of the Russians and so much of our time was spent on practice drills. We were often called out at 2 o’clock in the morning, only to be told to stand down again! Still, we had some fun. I remember on one occasion I was supposed to be in charge of a gang of chaps going out for a drink to a pub in Lüneberg. Unfortunately I had one too many that night and spent most of the evening fast asleep! Alan, Don, Roland, John and I stayed in Germany for a few years and then one by one we left the Army. John was the first to go and I followed shortly after. We last saw each other in 1959. I went back to mechanics, bought my own garage and repaired military vehicles under contract. I also married shortly after leaving the Army; Margaret and I met in 1960 and we’ve been together ever since. I suppose nostalgia more than anything prompted me to look for John and the others. Shortly after registering with WRM I found Alan in Ramsbottom, Roly in Newbury and Don in Manchester. However the real surprise came when I found John through the site – with a surname like Smith I didn’t think I stood a chance, but within days I received an email from John’s son!

I’ve since met up with Alan and John, which was wonderful after all this time, and I now hope to organise a proper reunion involving all five of us. Thanks again to WRM for putting us in touch – the site really does work!”
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Paul Anderson, UK

Former school friends back in touch!

Paul Anderson wrote to say he was contacted by Richard Taylor, a former school friend and neighbour. He and Richard used to live across the street from each other and go to York Street Secondary Modern in Mansfield Woodhouse, Nottinghamshire in the...

Paul Anderson, UK

Former school friends back in touch!

Paul Anderson wrote to say he was contacted by Richard Taylor, a former school friend and neighbour. He and Richard used to live across the street from each other and go to York Street Secondary Modern in Mansfield Woodhouse, Nottinghamshire in the UK. Paul says it was marvellous to hear from someone who went to the same school as him.
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Jabbal

Friends reconnected from afar!

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Jabbal

Friends reconnected from afar!

Jabbal wrote to say he managed to find two friends through WRM. Jabbal last saw Kultaran Singh Hooghan in 1975; apparently he now works in Jeddah and his family live in Dallas in the US, and Surinder Makkar, whom he last saw in 1981, now lives in Canada.

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Genevieve Gordon Richard

Cousins in contact through WRM

Genevieve Gordon Richard wrote to say she’s been in touch with her cousin through WRM. The two grew up together and plan to stay in touch.

Genevieve Gordon Richard

Cousins in contact through WRM

Genevieve Gordon Richard wrote to say she’s been in touch with her cousin through WRM. The two grew up together and plan to stay in touch.
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Chrissy Backhouse, UK

Magical memories for former Rosemary Secondary School pupils

Chrissy Backhouse from Nottingham in the UK recently reconnected with former school friend, Tony Harrison. She and Tony used to go to Rosemary Secondary School in Mansfield.

Chrissy says she really didn’t expect a reply and was amazed when...

Chrissy Backhouse, UK

Magical memories for former Rosemary Secondary School pupils

Chrissy Backhouse from Nottingham in the UK recently reconnected with former school friend, Tony Harrison. She and Tony used to go to Rosemary Secondary School in Mansfield.

Chrissy says she really didn’t expect a reply and was amazed when he emailed back to say he remembered her! Tony has since sent Chrissy lots of photos of their old school teachers and together they’ve been reminiscing about old times. Apparently the memories came flooding back! Being too short to quite get to be the star shooter in netball, coming bottom in cookery because she cheated, not being as pretty as Susan Whatshername… But there were also some happier memories too: being picked by the dance teacher to partner the George Clooney of the school, coming first in science and listening to Love Affair singing "Everlasting Love"! What a trip down memory lane!

Chrissy would love to hear from anyone who went to Rosemary Secondary School with her.
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Joe Hardwick, UK

Friends reconnected after 57 years

Joe Hardwick, aka ‘Golfing Joe’, recently reconnected with an old school friend in the USA who he hasn’t seen in 57 years. Joe is a retired golf pro who has worked and lived all over the world, including the UK, Kolkata and Hong Kong. He says people...

Joe Hardwick, UK

Friends reconnected after 57 years

Joe Hardwick, aka ‘Golfing Joe’, recently reconnected with an old school friend in the USA who he hasn’t seen in 57 years. Joe is a retired golf pro who has worked and lived all over the world, including the UK, Kolkata and Hong Kong. He says people have been very important in his life, and he’s pleased he’s able to keep in touch with them.
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Lyn Adams, New South Wales

Former employer found!

Lyn Adams from New South Wales in Australia wrote to say she’s recently reconnected with a former employer and friend. Lyn used to work for Gary back in the 80s, in his take-away food shop Mizzle’s Transit Bar in Inverell.

Apparently it was...

Lyn Adams, New South Wales

Former employer found!

Lyn Adams from New South Wales in Australia wrote to say she’s recently reconnected with a former employer and friend. Lyn used to work for Gary back in the 80s, in his take-away food shop Mizzle’s Transit Bar in Inverell.

Apparently it was quite by chance that she got the job; the café she worked in at the time was sold and the new owners were unable to keep her on. Lyn was a little upset and went to Gary’s shop for a coffee. Gary asked her what was wrong and later offered her a job working for him! Lyn worked for Gary for 18 months until he sold the business. She hadn’t heard from him in years until he recently contacted her through WRM.
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Ann Cooper, UK

Liverpool school friends reconnected

Ann Cooper (née Montague) wrote to say she was contacted by Christina Lloyd Checkley (née Hoare) who used to go to the same school as her, Our Lady of Assumption in Liverpool.

Ann Cooper, UK

Liverpool school friends reconnected

Ann Cooper (née Montague) wrote to say she was contacted by Christina Lloyd Checkley (née Hoare) who used to go to the same school as her, Our Lady of Assumption in Liverpool.