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AXMINSTER: French family trying to trace WW2 soldier from Axminster

Thursday, 05 June 2014

A French family is trying to find out what happened to a World War Two soldier from Axminster. Hervé Willemand, from Blangy-sur-Ternoise, has enlisted the help of Axminster Library in trying to trace the soldier. M. Willemand said: “Going through some family documents, I came across a letter written in English dated January 17th, 1945. “A Mrs Newbery from Axminster in England was writing to thank my aunt, Yvonne Willemand, who was in the Red Cross at the time. “Towards the end of 1944, after the area was liberated she took care of a British soldier called Robert Newbery, the son of the lady who subsequently wrote the letter to my aunt. “Do you know what happened to Robert Newbery after he was nursed by my aunt all those years ago? “I would be very interested in knowing what happened to him after he left Blangy and also when the war was over. “Did he survive the war, I wonder, and is there any chance that he might still be alive? “I would be very grateful for any information.” Sarah Jones of Axminster Library, said: “We have had the poster up in the library and it has generated a lot of interest but Robert still hasn’t been found.” Anyone with information is asked to contact the library or e-mailing Hervé Willemand at or Siobhan Stevens at


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