ANDREW/ANDRE - MacALLISTER - GRANIER
I am trying to trace my natural father. My mother believes his first
name is Andrew (or perhaps
Andre). I DO NOT HAVE HIS SURNAME. What I
do possess is a photo of my father.
The photo of my father is a close-up from a larger snap in which he
is sitting with my mother. It was taken in 'The Canteen Club' in (I
think) Fort Chambly, near the town of Werl in Germany. Here is the full
Here is a summary of what I have learned, including information sent
to me Canadian ex-service personnel:
He was/is Canadian and most likely French Canadian (this is what my
mother believes anyway).
He was a Private with the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps (RCAMC) when
he met my mother.
He would (most likely) have been born between 1915 and 1925.
His first name was (according to my mother) Andrew, though he might also
be known by the French equivalent, Andre (SURNAME UNKNOWN).
I have been told that his uniform identifies him (apart from being in
the RCAMC) as wearing a "Group B Tradesman" patch (or possibly a
qualified Tradesman, Class II).
He was (very possibly) with 1 Field Ambulance, stationed at Fort Anne
(one of a number of bases near the towns of Werl and Soest in North
Germany in 1956. My mother met him there in 1956 while working for the
WVS. Her name was then Sheila MacAllister
The photo above shows them sitting together in the canteen (presumably
at Fort Anne, though it may have been Fort Chambly).
was born in London in 1957 and brought up in Dublin, Ireland, by my
mother and grandparents. My name, Granier, is French, BUT IT IS NOT MY
FATHER'S SURNAME. My mother chose it by Deed Poll after I was born. I
had a happy and secure childhood, and never felt acutely conscious of my
father's absence. However, as I grow older that absence is becoming more
pronounced, a presence in its own right. And the fact that I have one
haunting photograph of him (and that he looks strikingly like me) makes
my search seem still more imperative.
If you can help Mark find his
Canadian father/family please contact us
quoting case number 71646.
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for families and Canadian military fathers separated during
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fathers in Canada.
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