Appeal to Mearns folk for POW information

Mr Valentino spent time in the Mearns during the 1940s and remembers the area fondly.

Mr Valentino spent time in the Mearns during the 1940s and remembers the area fondly.

The daughter of an Italian prisoner of war who was interned near Laurencekirk during World War II has appealed to the people of the Mearns.

Grazia Vicinanza is hoping to hear from anyone who may remember her father, Vincinanza Valentino, and she believes he may have even fathered a child in the Laurencekirk area.

Mr Valentino, who is now 93 years old, was sent to Northill Camp near Laurencekirk to work on the land after being taken prisoner after the battle of El Alamein in North Africa.

Ms Vicinanzasaid: “My father was moved to Scotland, we think to Northhill Camp near Laurencekirk, where he worked on the land. He then worked in a hospital, we think Stracathro. It was thanks to a young woman there, possibly Heather Davidson, he was helped with his nurse training and also with accommodation.

“Two years ago my father talked to me a lot more about Laurencekirk, he also mentioned Rickarton and he said he played in a football team in Stonehaven. He also mentioned German prisoners being there. (Ater Italy capitulated the Italian prisoners were released and worked locally until repatriated. The prison camp was then used to house German POWs).

He stayed in Scotland long after the war was over, until 1949. If he did father a child I would be happy to find out if they would like to meet up.

“Please let us know if you have any more information about my dad.”

Grazia can be contacted via Mike Robson, Howe o’ the Mearns Heritage Club at michaelrobson47@gmail.com




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