Two families reconnect across continents

Social media and a diary excerpt from 1942 have reconnected two families across continents and years.

Social media and a diary excerpt from 1942 have reconnected two families across continents and years.

Lynn Moss (nee Hazelhurst) was born in Manchester, England, in 1951, and she and her four sisters used to play with the six Anderson children, who lived next door.

“When I was 5 years old, the neighbouring children’s father, Eric Anderson, died, so I do not remember him,” she said.

However, just a week ago, Ms Moss was sent an extract from Mr Anderson’s diary.

Mr Anderson’s eldest son, also called Eric, found an extract from his father’s diary recorded in April/May 1942.

“Eric Junior realised that I now lived in Fish Hoek, where his father visited, so he looked
me up and shared this excerpt. What an
amazing connection and coincidence,” Ms Moss said.

Mr Anderson Senior was stationed in Fish Hoek during the war years, and his diary entries mention several local places and generous people who made his short stay in Fish Hoek’s early days a happy and memorable one.

“I was truly amazed to receive this. I see it as one of the joys of social media and am so happy to be able to discover this link from my childhood to where I now live; recorded and still kept, 77 years later,” she said.