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1945: Child abandoned on train

Updated: Dec 4, 2023

But preferably not on a train at Lewes.

A boy aged about 18 months or two years, was found abandoned in a train at Lewes station on Tuesday afternoon. Attached to the child was a note which read, 'Please look after him. someone. I have no money. His name is Peter.' The boy was found by a woman passenger in the 4.32pm. train from Brighton to Tunbridge Wells, and he is now being cared for at Tower House, Cuckfield.

Any information which can be supplied in conection with the matter should be given to the Sussex Police at Lewes (telephone. Lewes 1111).

The child is 29in. tall and well built. His eyes are brown and his hair fair and straight. The left arm bears a vaccination mark.

Peter was dressed in a white hand-knitted dress, white lock-knit knickers (bearing the maker's name 'Puritex' hygenic underwear on a tab and utility mark 1686 CHH No. 41), a light grey-knitted jersey with pink edging on cuffs and collar, a hand-knitted white woollen cardigan and fawn leather shoes.

Sussex Express & County Herald, 9 November 1945

Photos: Wartime posters printed by Her Majesty's Stationery Office. Wikimedia public domain image.

Contributed by Malcolm Davison.

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