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Couple hunts for long lost half sister

PUBLISHED: 13:33 10 March 2010 | UPDATED: 11:33 23 August 2010

MISSING: Valerie aged about eight

MISSING: Valerie aged about eight

A COUPLE has issued an appeal for help in the search for their long lost relative. Carol Midgley, 62 and her husband Robert, 60, are desperate to make contact with his older half-sister Valerie, who was born in Gravesend during World War II. Born March

A COUPLE has issued an appeal for help in the search for their long lost relative.

Carol Midgley, 62 and her husband Robert, 60, are desperate to make contact with his older half-sister Valerie, who was born in Gravesend during World War II.

Born March 26, 1941, to Robert Midgley Senior and Elsie Dorothy Dodd, Valerie was adopted aged one when her mother died of TB and Robert Senior was unable to care for her while serving in the army.

Mrs Midgley said: "We think she kept the name Valerie but we don't know much else. We are desperate to find her as it would be great if we could reunite a family. She may not even know we exist."

Mr and Mrs Midgley both grew up in Gravesend, living on Albion Road, before they moved to Berkshire in 1970.

Robert Senior remained in the area, living in Havelock Road, Northfleet, up to his death 15 years ago.

He received updates on Valerie's progress for a few years after the adoption but lost contact.

"Unfortunately Robert's dad suffered an accident when he was quite young that gave him brain damage and so he wasn't able to tell us very much. When you are younger you don't think to ask these things so we are kicking ourselves now," said Mrs Midgley.

"We have tried for so long to trace her, we see this as our last chance as our age catches up with us.

"She has a large family to meet here in Bracknell."

Mrs Midgely added that she had contacted Valerie's mother's side of the family, the Dodds, but they had no records of her.

"We think her name remained Valerie but do not know her new surname," said Mrs Midgley, "If she could get in touch that would be wonderful."

n To contact the Midgley's e-mail robert.midgley1@ntlworld.com

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