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Donald VINES b1927 - Queen Street, Abertillery

Our grandfather, Donald John Vines was born in 7 Queen Street, Abertillery on 1 July 1927.

His mother was Eleanor Ann Vines (nee Harris) she was married to Albert Vines.

Albert Vines we understand died in WW1 but this is yet to be confirmed.

Donald's father is listed on his birth certificate as Daniel Vines, however it is rumoured that his surname may have been Bennett and he changed his name to be in keeping with the mother of his child.

Donald passed away several years ago now and this mystery is leaving a great void in our family tree.

Can anyone fill in the gaps ?

Donald Vines - born 1927 - Queen Street, Abertillery

VINES, ALBERT - Private - 14011 - 115th Company Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) - died 2nd August 1917 - commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium - memorial reference, - Panel 56 - commemorated on the Abertillery Central Memorial, Somerset Street, Abertillery.

Thank you for looking that up.
One part solved - think the second part is going to be more difficult!

Donald Vines b 1927 - Queen Street, Abertillery.

Looked at the Electoral Register for that address,

Eleanor Vines 1925 - 1927
Dan Barrett 1925 - 1927
George Lane 1926

Anyone else living there not eligible to vote.
1928 family surname Goverd living there.

Thank you so much - that's wonderful!

The only Don Vines I knew from Abertillery moved to Borthmouth area in the 50s. If this is correct I know some of his history as I am related to him.

Yes, Donald settled in Christchurch, Dorset (about 5 miles from Bournemouth) and all his family are still here!
I would love to know what you know about the family.

Hi Nicola, there is quite a bit to tell. Perhaps you can email me I knew Don his wife Sheila and his two sons Gareth and Ian.  I was botn in Abertillery and belive Don is my second cousin. Would be great to speak to you and provide more information.

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