In 1941, tragedy struck Trevor Forshaw's family when he was only 14 months old. His mother, Edith Briggs, had been preparing a meal for her little children over open flames when her apron caught the blaze and caused a horrific house fire. Badly injured, Edith died the next day.
Fortunately, Trevor and his siblings were able to escape unharmed. But shortly thereafter, a decision was made to separate them into different households, as World War II went on.
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Even worse, it was against the law for them as adopted children to try looking for each other. That didn't change until 1982.
When it finally did, Trevor immediately began searching for them.
His search continued for more than two decades. He finally had a breakthrough in 2007 by using a website called Genes Reunited, where he entered birth and family name information to get a list. That led him to one sister, Maureen, who he met immediately.
As it turned out, Maureen had already been in touch with Mavis, who he was also able to meet. Sadly, the oldest child, Arnold, had already passed away. But their sister Chris was still out there, and they worked tirelessly to find her too through forums and contacts. And finally they did.
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Trevor, now 75, said, "Ironically, she lives only 20 minutes’ drive away from me and Maureen is only half an hour away. Mavis lives just short of Rotherham. We were all within 40 miles of each other for so many years."
Now, for the first time since 1941, they are all in the same room together once more.
"It was brilliant, absolutely brilliant," he said. "It was a great meeting and we really enjoyed it after so many years."
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