Can YOU help me find out what happened to Douglas Allan?
Douglas Allan is/was a son of my great uncle and aunt, William and Florence Allan. William and Florence lived in London, England, but moved to Cornwall after William retired. I am led to believe that Douglas may have spent some time working in South Africa and that he returned at one point to pay his parents a visit after they had settled in Cornwall. Douglas may have been interested in sailing, because the story goes that he had a boat in Falmouth, which he later sold and acquired another boat which he sailed to Cyprus.
Seemingly, Douglas married an African lady at a time when mixed race marriages were not as common as they are today and his wife accompanied him to Cyprus. Either before, or after they arrived in Cyprus, they had a child (they may have settled in Pafos).
Some time ago, I received a letter from someone in Cyprus who had bought a house which had apparently been owned previously by a Douglas Allan. They had found a number of magazines left behind in the property that were to do with boats and navigation. I am convinced that the Douglas Allan who had lived at this property was the Douglas Allan I am seeking.
However, it should be pointed out that I think Douglas may have been born around 1920, so there is the real possibility that he is no longer alive. If, sadly, this is the case, then I am hoping that maybe his son is alive.
The reason I want to get in touch is to try and help fill in some blanks in my family history. Douglas's father had a brother, George, and they both, with their respective wives, retired to the same village in Cornwall. Both of these brothers were uncles of my father, but I doubt whether my father had any real contact with them as I can never recall him ever mentioning them.
Finding out what happened to Douglas will mean so much to me... even better if I can find out what happened to his son of wife.
I would be so grateful to anyone who might be able to shed some light or point me in the direction of someone else who may be in a position to advise.
As things stand, all I have is an enigmatic snapshot of my uncle Peter Allan with his older cousin Douglas Allan, taken I know not where. Uncle Peter died a few years ago and there are no Allan relations alive that are in a position to shed any further light.
Kindest regards... David Allan (living in Sunderland, England).