Family heirloom made in Bedhampton displaced persons’ camp

The lid of the box carved by Alek.

The lid of the box carved by Alek.

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My recent article about the displaced persons’ (DPs) camp at Bedhampton brought a plea from Ann Gibbons of Sheet, near Petersfield.

Her grandparents Albert and Louisa Allen used to live in New Road, Bedhampton, which fronted the former camps where the DPs, from eastern Europe, were housed.

Alek, Olga and Lucy at they time they were in the Bedhampton camp.

Alek, Olga and Lucy at they time they were in the Bedhampton camp.

They took a couple, Alek and Olga and their young daughter Lucy, under their wing and looked after them. When it was time to move on Alek presented them with a small, hand-made box with a crucifix carved on the top.

Ann would like to know if Lucy is still with us so she can hand the box back to her. If you happen to know of the family, please contact me.

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