Who knows Jany's father?
My name is Janny Zeldenthuis and I live in Zaandijk,
I was born on February 18, 1946 in Hengelo. I had a twin
sister who was
killed in an accident in 1978. Our mother is called Treny.
Our father was a Canadian soldier stationed in Hengelo. His
name is George Leigh, Lee or Light. My mother couldn't speak
English and the name sounded like Light. It could also be
Wright or Knight. My father was a Seargent, he had three
stripes. He was of average height
and sometimes he wore dark glasses. My mother remembers that
he did administrative work. She thinks he was a book keeper.
She also remembers he stayed in a huge tent which was a
bakery and he used to give her fresh baked buns and bread.
The building he was staying was called HACA. It was close to
the Twente Canal. He returned to Canada in the fall of 1945.
No one knows why my mother never heard from him anymore, and
she will not talk about it! My mother worked in a vegetable
and fruit store by owned by the van Noort family in Hengelo.
George picked her up from there after she finished
work. They always went dancing in a building called “Stork”
where there was a Canadian club. Jany would love to meet her
Canadian family. The regiments that were in Hengelo at the
time George was there, were: Lake Superior Regiment; Gov.
General Foot Guards and the British Columbia Dragoons
Who knows Jany's father? Anyone knowing anything about Jany
Zeldenthuis's Canadian father please contact Project Roots
Courtesy of Lloyd and Olga Rains
Jim Thomson, Your son is looking for you
My name is Heiko Windels. I was born in Varel, Germany, on
September 20, 1946. My unmarried German mother, Amanda,
(born 26-11-1920), met my Canadian father, Jim Thomson, who
was stationed in Varel, Germany. She lived at Bahnhofstrasse
45 in Varel. I did not know until June, 2001, that my father
was a Canadian soldier by the name of Jim Thomson. I knew
that I was an illegitimate child, but nobody ever told me
about my father, what nationality he was or what happened to
him after the war. I never had the courage to confront my
parents with this question about my biological father. This
was something no one talked about. My mother died in 1998.
When my stepfather Adolf Windels died in June, 2001, I found
a photo of my biological father, Jim Thomson. I also found a
letter, dated April 7, 1946, in which my father expresses
his deep love for my mother and confirms my upcoming birth.
Who knows Jim Thomson? If you know anything at all about Jim
Thomson, please contact Project Roots