Mystery of long-lost grandfather

Anne Wren

Anne Wren

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A family historian is asking Gazette readers to help find out what happened to her long lost grandfather.

Anne Wren, who lives near Newtown, in Powys, Wales, says her grandfather Edwin Todd was last heard of in the 1940s, when he moved to the resort after divorcing her grandmother.

Edwin Todd (third from left) who is thought to have moved to Blackpool after divorcing Anne's grandmother in 1933.

Edwin Todd (third from left) who is thought to have moved to Blackpool after divorcing Anne's grandmother in 1933.

She believes he then set up a taxi business but no trace has been found of him since his second marriage to a resort woman in 1948.

Mrs Wren, 58, said: “It’s a very sad story and it’s a shame because my mum never knew her father, which is a real pity.

“When he divorced my grandmother he completely disappeared.

“He never kept in touch or anything.

“It wasn’t until I started to do some research that I saw he married again.”

Mr Todd was born in 1896 in Old Alresford, near Winchester, in Hampshire.

Records show he remarried a lady called Doris, whose surname was either Branson or Haynes, in Blackpool.

It is thought he may later have moved to Canada with his new bride, although Mrs Todd has found passenger records of him returning on a ship to Liverpool in September 1955.

Mrs Todd added: “Whether he stayed and never came back or went for a visit and came back I don’t know.”

Anyone who can help Mrs Wren with the mystery can call her on (01686) 688497 or 07840 381825.

Alternatively she can be reached by email at jimwren1@gmail.com.