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To Frances Mahoney,

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 need to know if there is any trace of my mother's family and my paternal grandmother's family in Burma.

My mother's maiden name was Bigg-Wither. Her father was James who also had a brother. She was born on October 28, l921 in Bahmo to Amy Hersey whose sisters included May and Ruby and brothers Andrew, Reggie, Henry as the six that I remember out of 10 children. They all lived in Maymyo for many years. My mother's name now is Kathleen Gabrielle Beale and her older sister (deceased) was Harriett Baines.

My grandmother Frances Estelle Young was born in 1878 in Barella to Estelle (nee De Souza) and had a brother Arthur. Little is known of her father who was a Sergeant from Ireland and nothing of her childhood. All we knew was that she was a teacher and at the age of 29 or so married Eustace Heath William Beale born in Devon, England in 1888 then serving in the British Army in Burma. She taught in St. Phillips elementary school (Church of England) and my grandfather was the Assistant to the Inspector General of Police. They settled in Rangoon and had four living children, Eustace Herbert Keith Beale was my father. He and my mother got married in l939. My grandmother retired as the Headmistress of St. Phillips and my grandfather retired also before the war. I was born the following year, in 1940, my sister the following year and in March l942 the women and children all flew to India to spend 5 years there during the World War II. When we returned in l947 many families had been separated and we lost contact with some relatives and friends.

Any other information would be much appreciated since I am writing a brief history and genealogy for my grandchildren.


Maybe I can help a bit.
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