Decorating Sidmouth dad discovers war-time message

PUBLISHED: 14:47 10 February 2012 | UPDATED: 16:47 13 February 2012

PC Dave Wallace of Sidmouth, discovered a note written on a wall while he was decorating. The note was written in September 1944 towards the end of the war.  Dave and his step-daughter Poppy Langley scraped away the wallpaper to reveal the writing. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shs 2372-06-12AW. To order your copy of this photograph, go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

PC Dave Wallace of Sidmouth, discovered a note written on a wall while he was decorating. The note was written in September 1944 towards the end of the war. Dave and his step-daughter Poppy Langley scraped away the wallpaper to reveal the writing. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref shs 2372-06-12AW. To order your copy of this photograph, go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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PC investigates memo under wallpaper

A DECORATING dad-of-three got a blast from the past after uncovering a message from war-time Sidmouth.

Dave Wallace, 46, was stripping wallpaper at his town-centre home when he discovered a note seemingly scribbled on plaster nearly 70 years ago.

The Police Constable now wants to track down any information on the man who left the memo.

Penned by a Dennis McLeod on September 18, 1944, the message said: “Germany is on the run at last. It won’t be long now.”

Ex-serviceman Dave hopes to shed light on the World War Two context of the finding – and thinks it could be related to Allies’ air raids on Arnhem at the time.

D-Day had taken place on June 6 that year.

“I can only assume it was written when this person was decorating the room nearly 70 years ago,” said Dave. “It’s very neat handwriting. I’d love to know who this person was and if anyone can shed any light on this.”

IF you can help Dave in his search, e-mail stefan.gordon@archant.co.uk


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