CONTACT notice- boards typically turn up at pop festivals and less happily, at disaster areas.

Family HIstory has had a rash of such contact appeals recently, so we thought we’d put up our own noticeboard – in print.

“I am trying to trace a man I served with in the mid-1950s,” emails Chris Dixon.

“We were both in the band of the 1st Btn the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment. His name was Harry Pogson, he came from Huddersfield and he played the trombone.

“He will be about 70 now. If Harry or anyone with news of him, perhaps his family or any other member of the band could contact me, I’d be pleased.”

Contact Chris on

Keith Schofield’s query is more off-beat.

“I am looking for some news archives regarding the kidnapping of three children from Leas Children’s Home in Scholes, Holmfirth, in the mid-1960s,” he says.

“I was one of the children kidnapped by my father and I am looking for archive material from the home.

“It’s just a nostalgia thing, trying to retrace my history at the home,” he admits.

“If anyone knows where to point me regarding the Leas, any links or library footage would be a great help.”

The Leas closed in June 1983, and permission to turn the Victorian mansion into a home or offices was given in 1985.

You can contact Keith at

“I would greatly appreciate your help in my attempt to contact my brother,” writes Sylvia Buchan of Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria.

“His name is Arthur Earnshaw, and I believe he lives in Fenay Bridge.

“It will be about nine years since I last heard from him, and I have lost his address and phone number.”

If you’re reading this, Arthur, Sylvia is on 01768 371782.