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Discussion in 'North Africa: Western Desert Campaigns 1940 to Ope' started by Skipper, Oct 5, 2013.

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    Thanks Skip. Been talking to a nephew of hers, who sent me a load of family pictures. Seems her father was the local blacksmith in Setif.
    He's going to ask around and see if he can find out any more for me.
     
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    More about Sétif:

    This is a pictures from the 1930s from a soldier who served a tthe 2nd Zouaves there. (the one who looks like CharlieChaplin)
    The second document is from a soldier (possibly the same man) who wrote to his familly from Sétif (spelled Cétif) IN 1929. Note the photographer was also based there.

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    Great find, Skip.
    Not been able to find out any more on Yvette, unfortunately. Her son didn't wish to make contact, and the nephew with whom I was corresponding thinks she might have married a Belgian gentleman after arriving in France.
    Unfortunately the researchers are extremely unwilling to even attempt to delve into French BDM records, so it's a dead end for the time being.
     
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    It's a shame indeed. I found thes epicture by chance and thought they might be interesting to post here anyway. I don't think people are unwilling, I'd rather think they don't bother.
     
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    Meant to share these photos I received.
    Think the baby in the small family group is the nephew I corresponded with.
    Second one is the Smithy
    Large group appears to be at a river called Bou-Sellam. I'm guessing prewar.
    Last is the family home in Setif.
     

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