So I was wandering through Exeter last night, not really thinking about much, when I spot something in the mud beside a main road.
Being a little curious, I walk over and take a nose.
What I found genuinely shocked me...
So what has happened is someone has come into the possession of these photos/mementos dating back over 100 years
... and dumped them at the side of a road.
No one deserves to have rheir entire life story dumped at the side of a road...
@DevonLiveNews Could you help at all?
Inside one of the albums is a clipping of their Marriage announcement.
Married 21st December 1963 at St. Bartholomew's Church, Reading.
The church luckily has a Wikipedia link en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Bartho…
So inside the marriage announcement it mentions that Elizabeth's father, Mr. A. G. Glenister has a CBE, and is married to a woman from at-the-time British Malaya...
If you type in A. G. Glenister on Google...
In 1959 he released a book on....get this, 'The Birds of the Malay Peninsular'
Perhaps he met his wife years earlier in Malaya?
You can even still find his book on Amazon!
@JenniPh has discovered a death record for Paul Ascherin Christchurch, Dorset in 1998 and later records that show Elizabeth living there until at least 2012.
...maybe she moved to be closer to family/friends?
There's some documents relating to what looks like Elizabeth's grandmother, placing her in Harrow around 1916-1917.
Can you name another Glenister from Harrow?
Could just be a funny coincidence, though...
...had to dry these out on the radiator.
@nimmom has discovered a Paul Ascher who was born on the 10 May 1925 in Pacov, South Bohemia (Czech Republic) and died in East Dorset, 1998.
The record shows a father named Leo Ascher, who passed away in 1962.
At the moment, it seems like Elizabeth's mother, W. Glenister.
If pictures could talk...
A.G. Glenister's wife, and illustrator of his books was an Elizabeth M. E. Glenister.
That would mean Betty was named after her mother.
In the off chance there's some distant relatives alive now, I don't want to publicly dox them.
- The day before yesterday, on my way to my girlfriend's house in Exeter, I find a cache of wedding photos, victorian photo albums, love letters and general mementos dumped at the side of a busy road.
- People are now helping piece together the story of the roadside couple, and try to find relatives/friends
- Now that this has blown up, I'll try not to reveal any super-personal information. Only things to piece the puzzle together/actually help track someone down.
I mentioned yesterday that the woman these all belonged to had somewhat famous parents...
Her father wrote a book on 'Birds of the Malay Peninsula' in 1959, and received a CBE for it.
His wife, and Elizabeth's mother was the illustrator
Seemed almost deliberate. Clean tears straight through the middle of each one
The guys there say they haven't noticed anything, and were quite surprised to when I told them what was found.
Looks more and more like someone's just dumped and ran.
...hopefully this will be a very big lead. Thanks to @Crunchie1416 for the information!
If anyone in that area knows or knew Elizabeth, please get in touch!
... no records.
I've also contacted four nursing homes in Exeter in the off chance Elizabeth was there
Regrettably, many things were stuffed in...
If this rings a bell to anyone, please DM and we can properly search!