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Long lost Yeadon school pals are reunited over website war stories
Two old classmates are back in touch after more than 70 years thanks to a history society’s website.
Sam Kilburn and John Denison were pupils together at South View school in Yeadon in the 1930s.
But they had not met in decades and each had no idea if the other had survived the Second World War.
They got back in touch after Carlo Harrison, archivist at Aireborough Historical Society, encouraged people to share their memories and stories for preservation in the digital archives.
Sam, 87, who still lives locally and is a regular contributor to the society’s facebook pages and website, submitted a memory stretching from his childhood days in Yeadon to his service in the Yeadon Home Guard and the Royal Navy.
John, 86, who lives in Salisbury, decided to write down his own memories of being a teenager in wartime Yeadon.
And the two realised that they were old classmates from South View 1933-34, where John had used his middle name of Malcolm.
Sam said: “I knew John as Malcolm Dennison during our days at South View School. When I saw that he had written about his wartime memories and then saw his youthful photo, I knew him instantly and was pleased to hear that he was alive and well and living in Salisbury.
“He wrote to me on Facebook saying that he had read my war memories and was pleased to hear that I also had survived.”
“We lost touch during the war so had not seen each other in at least 70 years,” he added.
John said: “I only came on to Facebook a couple of months ago and picked up the AHS site where I saw Sam’s article about his service in the Navy. I entered a comment saying I had known him at school, to which he responded saying he remembered me.”
Carlo said: “Through the AHS web site these two old school friends of some 70 years ago made contact with each other and now correspond through e-mail and make comments on various articles on the AHS website asking about people they jointly knew and making valuable contributions to the many articles.”