UK man's attempt to find living relatives in Tatiara

LOOKING FOR ANSWERS: Eric Walton and his father are looking for Tatiara residents who may have any information about potential relatives that may still live in the district.
LOOKING FOR ANSWERS: Eric Walton and his father are looking for Tatiara residents who may have any information about potential relatives that may still live in the district.

A family from the United Kingdom have reached out to members of the Tatiara to provide any information about some long lost relatives.

Eric Walton, who hails from Retford in the UK's East Midlands, reached out to the Border Chronicle last month in hopes of finding living relatives that potentially still remain in the district.

Mr Walton's paternal grandfather, John Henry Clark, was killed in a bush clearing accident at "Glenvale", a property approximately 17 kilometres north of Keith in November 1967.

Mr Clark and Cecil Ray Pendlebury, a plant operator from Mundulla, were scrub clearing with a chain drawn between two tractors, when a tree limb fell and struck Mr Clark.

He was admitted to Keith and District Hospital, but passed away three hours after the accident occurred. He was buried in Bordertown, with the service being conducted by Mr J. Grigson.

After years of being unable to connect the dots, Mr Walton hopes to finally find any information that will be of great benefit to his father.

"I'm trying to trace any living relatives I may have in their 70s, or the funeral director who carried out the service," Mr Walton said.

He mentioned his grandfather was an Englishman who he believes to have remarried in the Tatiara area.

The Border Chronicle from November 16, 1967 mentioned his residence was on Scott Street, Bordertown.

Mr Walton has spent countless days conducting his own research, and believes he has found the man he's looking for.

"My dad never knew his real dad, but through DNA and huge amounts of research over here and in Australia I'm 99 per cent sure I've found the right man," Mr Walton said.

"I was told by the cemetery his wife signed the death paperwork, they had four young children back then, but no name of his wife."

He also stated that someone based in Australia called the cemetery and confirmed there was no headstone.

Although Mr Walton's sleuthing has allowed him to narrow down on a particular individual, he is still none the wiser when it comes to locating the property where his potential paternal grandfather's accident occurred.

"I emailed Keith Hospital months ago, but have had no reply. I also emailed a few estate agents, trying to find the actual location of the property where the accident occurred - no reply either," Mr Walton said.

The newspaper article mentioned Mr Clark had a lengthy period of service in the British Army, along with being a member of the Bordertown RSL, with members from the local sub-branch assisting at the funeral.

"I emailed the RSL, asking if they could provide any information on the service, such as his war service they mention in the article - and they said they couldn't," Mr Walton said.

"I personally have found absolutely no evidence of any war service, but I didn't have his service number."

Mr Walton said he has tried to trace the Pendlebury family, who were owners of the machinery, but he was unsure of whether they had any relation to the family in question.

"I think I found them but couldn't be sure so didn't email them," Mr Walton said.

With most of his options exhausted, he still holds faith of realising his father's dream of tracing his real dad and potential siblings.

"I've hit a dead end for quite some time now and would love to help my dad realise his dream to trace his real dad and any siblings he has left. - he's 79 this may and not overly well," Mr Walton said.

If anyone has any information that may be of any assistance to Mr Walton and his family, please phone the Border Chronicle on: 0476 803 371, or email: taylor.harvey@borderchronicle.com.au.

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