Erith: Can you help to find long lost uncle?

PUBLISHED: 12:25 24 June 2011 | UPDATED: 13:00 24 June 2011

Norman Griggs,  Andrew  Griggs, and his half brother David Griggs, in Australia.

Norman Griggs, Andrew Griggs, and his half brother David Griggs, in Australia.


A construction worker, reunited with his father for the first time since he was a baby, wants to fulfil his dad’s dream of finding his long-lost brother.

Andrew Griggs, 59, from Bristol – who met his father, Norman, for the first time in Australia last year – believes his uncle Peter Bazeley may live in Erith.

Norman and Peter’s mother died shortly after Peter was born in 1929.

The brothers were separated when Norman went to live with his father who later remarried and his younger brother was re-homed with his maternal grandparents.

That was the last time the siblings saw each other but the family think Peter changed his surname to that of his maternal grandparents – Bazeley.

Mr Griggs said: “Because of my father’s age, I don’t think he will ever come to the UK, but he feels it is important to know what happened to the family after he went to Australia in 1955.

“It would be great if I could find out what, how and where they grew up and find out about my grandfather to get some background.”

During the trip to Australia, where his father emigrated, Mr Griggs was also told about another uncle whom he managed to locate.

He now wants to find Peter Bazeley to bring the family together.

So far, he has managed to uncover a marriage, possibly Peter’s, to Jean Barylski in Greenwich in 1980. It is believed that the couple lived in Erith.

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