Winifred Farmer

Scrapbooking my family photos, I’ve found lots of photographs of my parents’ friends. Sadly they rarely gave full names in the captions. (There’s a lesson here for family historians).

One friend, Winifred Farmer (also known as Win), is clearly enjoying a thrilling ride at Chessington Zoo on a trip with the Eagle Cycling and Social Club in 1942. Winnie later joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) and lost touch with my parents after they married.

Who was Win? I found a Winifred Joan Farmer who was born on 2 April 1919 in Greenwich, but she married Leonard Victor Daffin in 1940, so it can’t be her. I also found a Winifred Grace Farmer who was born in 1922 but she died the same year.

A possible identity is Peggy Winifred Farmer who was definitely in the ATS and married Geoffrey Stillman in 1945. As far as I can see both Peggy and Geoffrey were only children. If this is the correct couple, they had one son, Nigel, who died in 2013, who probably neither married nor had children.

There is a clue in one of my mother’s letter to my father in 1945, mentioning that Win’s home was in Southsea. I will investigate this soon… fingers crossed.

I have several photos of Win and I would love to return them to her family. I have been unable to trace any other descendants or close relatives. Can you help?

Winifred Farmer

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