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Help me to trace my long lost sister
8:00am Saturday 21st September 2013 in News
AN American man is hoping to track down his longlost sister, who was fathered by his GI father in Tidworth during the Second World War.
Lewis Cape, of Tennessee in the United States, knew nothing about his English sister for more than half a century until his aunt, his father’s sole remaining sister, told him about her shortly before her death.
Now he hopes to find the sister he never knew existed and has appealed to Andover Advertiser readers for help.
Lewis said: “My sister would be around 69 years old today if she is still alive.
“The one thing she needs to understand is that our father never gave up hope that one day she would come to live with him.
“My mother died in 2006. It was a few years after her passing that I was told by a relative about my sister in England – she also did not know her name or how to contact her.
“My aunt only remembered him talking about missing his daughter in England.”
Lewis’ father James T Cape was based in Tidworth after the Americans had taken part in the Operation Torch campaign against Rommel in North Africa as a member of the 2nd Armored Division.
Their lengthy training for the Normandy landings took place while based at Tidworth when James was 23 or 24 – most likely their base was on the land which now houses the Tidworth Leisure Centre.
After landing in Normandy on 9 June, 1944, 2 Armored was the first allied unit into Belgium and was deeply involved in the Battle of the Bulge in The Ardennes.
His father survived the war but was killed in 1966.
His mother, Julia Mannie Cape, lived in Rome, Georgia, until her death in 1975.
Lewis believes that his sister may have been given the Georgia address some time before 1955.
Lewis, 63, a retired baker from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, adds: “All records about my father after he entered the service are either lost or were destroyed by a fire in a drawer in the war records office.
That was one strange fire, it only destroyed his service records in that drawer.”
Anyone with information should contact the newsdesk at the Andover Advertiser. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence.
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