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To Lulu Ferris,

I am replying to your query for a lost person, which I saw on the Britain-Burma Society's Lost Relatives web page (http://shwepla.net/Misspers.mv). You said:

I am trying to gather information on my family. They were:

ANDREW DONALD Francis (my great grandfather)

ANNIE LUCKETT (his wife)

Their children:

ESTELLE Francis (my grandmother, born 1919)

RENNIE Francis (born 1915 ish)

EDNA Francis (unsure of d.o.b)

ANNE Francis (born 1921)

Andrew Donald Francis had a business importing British goods and I believe that Annie died at a young age. The family lived in a house in Insein, Rangoon, called Brightlands, along with their servants. Rennie was a heavy drinker and smoker and died in 1979. My grandmother, Estelle, travelled back to Burma to collect his will, the deeds to Brightlands and many family photos but was robbed of her case at Bangkok airport on her return. My family returned again in 1983 to visit the house and it was inhabited by squatters. Is it still there? I would love to visit it and see why my mother grew up.

My mother was the child of ESTELLE Francis and British soldier FREDERICK HAILS. I know that Frederick left Burma behind and had an English family waiting at home for him, so although I have traced him I don't wish to upset their lives.

EDNA Francis married CHARLES DUROISELLE JNR, son of the anthropologist Charles Duroiselle and they lived in London until they both died some 12 years ago. They did not have any children.

I am 26 and planning a trip to Burma in 2010 to see something of our family past. If you have any information at all I would be so grateful to hear from you as we have so little remaining.

Many thanks for your help,


Maybe I can help a bit.
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