A seemingly straight forward case proved not to be so, when Finders case manager Ryan Gregory investigated the case of Florence June Massie. Known as June, the lady had died in a care home in Southsea in September 2013 at the age of 74.
June’s brother Francis had been her carer for a number of years and the two had entered the care home together in 2009, when Francis’ own health began to fail. Sadly, he died a week after entering the home.
With no other living siblings, Ryan and his team focused their search on June’s parents, her aunts and uncles and their descendants. The search was hampered by the fact that many of the aunts had swapped, dropped or changed names making tracing them and their descendants very difficult.
The search did throw up one very interesting aunt, Gladys who had married Henry Newbold. Henry became better known as Clay Keys, the host of the popular war-time radio programme The Old Town Hall Variety Show. Gladys herself wrote scripts for the show and ended up playing one of the characters.
Descendants of the aunts were at last identified, including one Peter Lowe. Peter and his wife shared a keen interest in genealogy and they had prepared extensive family trees. Key information, such as that about June, had, however, been missing. Finders was able to supply the final missing piece of the puzzle, concluding Peter’s 30 years of family history research.