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Long lost brothers

When heirs to an estate are tracked down, it's often the smaller details rather than the assets which really have a lasting impact

1 December 2014

There were 888,246 ceramic poppies,
and 888,246 fallen soldiers - one for
every British forces death in the First World War.

The case

It was in the case of Annabel Rogers* who died in April 2013 aged 95. A widow for over 40 years, Annabel had no children and lived the final years of her life alone. Although she had left a will, the residuary beneficiary had predeceased and so the search began to find her next-of-kin.

It soon became clear that both Annabel and her husband, Albert, came from large families and had 18 siblings between them, but it was the maternal side that took an interesting twist. Two of Annabel's brothers, George and James, had fought in the Great War and had both sadly lost their lives. When Fraser & Fraser contacted George's granddaughter, Emily, they discovered that she had conducted some of her own research and had begun plotting a family tree, just in time for the 100 year anniv...

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