Gerard Johns and his wife Mary-Rose|
At the end of the Second World War my parents became friends with a young German Prisoner of War whose name is Gerard Johns (also known as 'Johhny').
The information that I have is that Gerard had been held in a POW camp in Stamford, Lincolnshire (UK), and he subsequently remained in Britain after the war to work here rather than return home to Germany. I believe that he and my father became friends when they worked together, possibly at the Brickworks in Stamford. My father left the army in March 1946 having joined in 1934. My mother told me that Gerard was a Journalist or training to be a Journalist before the war.
I do not know how long Gerard remained in England after the war, but one of the letters I have is dated 18-4-1950 (from Hanover?) and refers to my older sister Patricia (he called her Paddy) and who he appears to have seen in 1947, when she was aged 3.
One of the photographs refers to his wife, Mary-Rose, and one of the Christmas cards I have refers to Little Dany or Davy, which I assume to be their child.
Letters and Christmas cards were exchanged over the years until a letter sent to him in December 1965 was returned marked ?Not Known?.
My parents contacted the Authorities in the area where he lived in Germany and received a letter stating that he had emigrated to Canada.
My parents have often said over the years that they were disappointed to have lost contact with Gerard. My father Reuben died several years ago in 1982 and my mother Mary died in 2009 in her 97th year.
I would love to have contact with Gerard or his family.