I LIVE in Adelaide Australia. I grew up hearing many stories about my English heritage so in Dec 2011 I visited England for the specific purpose of conducting family history research which joined a lot of the dots and create a whole lot more loose ends at the same time.

I’m interested in meeting anyone who knew Peter Yates and Sylvia Balmforth, who lived at Milnthorpe, Cumbria.

Peter was 82 when he died in 2003 and Sylvia was 81 when she died in 2013.


Peter was an aeronautical engineer and served in the RAF in World War II as a Squadron Leader. As far as I know they didn’t have children.

Peter’s grandmother, Annie Louise Perkins, is my great grandmother.

Peter’s sister Doreen, is still alive and lives in Switzerland. I’ll be meeting her for the first time (she is now 91), but it appears she knows very little about her brother.

I will be in Cumbria in early September, and am wondering if there is anyone in your readership who can help with any information on the Balmforth family referred to above.

I’d love to meet up with anyone and can be contacted on email maxchris@adam.com.au.

Maxine Jones

Adelaide, Australia