View Full Version : Surprising Reasons for buying the Will
15-09-2010, 5:10 PM
I recently bought the wills of my Gt Grandparents, which on the face of it told us almost exactly what family history had claimed. It did however resolve the mystery of their internment. Being Italian National's living in Dulwich, SW London, according to the family, they were interned during WW2 near Andover, Hants. Their wills made in May 1946 had them living in a house called 'Dulwich', Kempshott Lane, Basingstoke.
Looks like the authorities wanted them out of London and being sent away gradually changed to interned. Being well off they bought a house out of town.
Always get the will, you never know what question it will answer.
15-09-2010, 6:26 PM
I'm afraid I don't really follow your reasoning. Internment would be over by 1946 so I don't really see what bearing their 1946 address has on whether they had previously been interned.
I would have thought the best indication about internment would be obtained by searching the records described in sections 4 and 5 of this Research Guide (http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/catalogue/RdLeaflet.asp?sLeafletID=224#4)
Does the will indicate that they owned the house?
15-09-2010, 8:01 PM
I did run a thread here looking for internment records and no-one could locate an internment camp at Andover or any record of him and his wife.
His will talked generally of his UK assets which included a house and a couple of shops in SW London and a fruit and vegetable business based in Borough Market. He had another house as well as lemon and olive groves in Scala, Italy.
Sadly all the money went to the male side and they basically squandered it.
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