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Eileen Handley

A Memory of Birmingham

Eileen Handley

My father was born in 1937 in Birmingham, UK. He had an older brother Gordon (known as Tom) and a baby sister Eileen. When my dad was 4 years old, his mother (Amy) died from Bronchial Pneumonia. His father (Earnest), unable to cope with a young family at wartime placed my father and his brother into an orphanage (Sir Joshiah Mason Orphanage in Birmingham). His sister was adopted (not placed in an orphanage) and from what we know, Eileen was adopted by the Caretakers of Aston Hall, Birmingham at that time. From memory (Dad's recollection) the Caretaker's surname was Partridge but not entirely sure (I know it was a bird surname). I have tried, without success, in the past to locate Eileen through the Salvation Army only to be told that the adoption was probably illegal as no records could be found, but I really do not know. I understand that illegal adoption was not unusual at the time, sadly. My dad's brother died a year ago and now, sadly my father is terminally ill and in a hospice. In some of his lucid moments he has mentioned his long lost sister Eileen and the link with Aston Hall. There is a definite association between the two here and I would just like to know what happened for peace of mind. If there is anyone that could shed any light on this I would be so grateful not just for my own sake but... it would be just so good to settle Dad's mind over his missing sister and this long held memory of her before he departs from this world.

Aston Hall is the one and only link I have and this is my last hope really of finding out what happened. Could the word 'caretaker', for example, be a pseudonym for something else?

To contact her would be nice but not perhaps the right thing to do after such a long time and I understand that completely and fully.

Thank you so much for your interest. God bless you.

A memory shared by Pam Jacobs , on Jun 14th, 2013.

Comments & feedback

Sat Mar 21st 2015, at 12:59 pm

maggiekim120 commented:

Sat Mar 21st 2015, at 12:59 pm

maggiekim120 commented:

Sat Mar 21st 2015, at 1:08 pm

maggiekim120 commented:

I was married in aston parish church (st Peter Paul?) Opposite aston hall in 1960.aston villa were playing at home that day so many spectators the photographer had trouble finding us.have spent many many happy hours in aston hall , my favourite aston hall by candlelight

Sat Nov 19th 2016, at 11:19 pm

hcb71225 commented:

The Birmingham Records Office just off Victoria Square is your best start. Take as much information as you can. Good luck

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