Daniel

Daniel was born 1926 and went to the Foundling Hospital Schools in Redhill and Berkhamsted.  Daniel worked as a farm hand for some years before enlisting in the Army.  Unusually, Daniel was able to trace his birth father who came from Mauritius. He has two children and lives with his wife in West Sussex.

Daniel
Daniel

My father was a Mauritian

Audio Transcript

My father was a Mauritian, right. So he came over in 1920 something and was-- he was a dental student. And met my wife-- met his girlfriend, like. Gave her a babe, went back-- he went to Mauri-- went back to Mauritius. He didn't-- I don't suppose he knew she was pregnant, I don't know. Anyway, he went back to Mauritius, never came back again. My mother had me, she couldn't look a-- look after me. She tried to, apparently, from what I can make of it. Two months, I think it was or three months, something like that, and she put me in the orphanage then.  You know, except... But when we traced the family and went out there and met all the whole of my father's family, you know. They couldn't believe it, they cou-- didn't even know I existed. [inaudible] They thought I was reincarnated, they thought I was a miracle.  We used to have a television bloke who used to come and do our television. And he said, 'I got to be quick tonight because I'm talking to Mauritius'. Well, I thought 'hello', see? And Julie said to him, 'Well see if you can find this name'. You see, 'when you're talking to Mauritius'. It's a radio station, you see and it was 'Rashid' so he enquired and he got hold of him. And he asked him if he-- you know, told him his name, if he could trace these people and he did.  And the next time he called us he says 'you can have a talk to your family,' he said, 'to Mauritius'. I said so-- we went up there and we were talking to the family, like, you know, then that's when we decided to go out and meet them. Well, we met them all.