LETTER: Letters that led to marriage

The death of former East Sussex policeman Tom Cranmer brought to an end a 69-year-old love affair which started with a picture being published in the Brighton and Hove Gazette in 1944.

A group of young girls from the Junior Women’s Air Corps allowed their picture to be taken for the paper. A copy of the paper was sent to ‘Twelve Lonely Airmen’ serving in the RAF in Italy and Tom started to wright to Ilse. They finally met under the clock at Brighton Station and married in 1946. Tom sadly passed away at the end of January following a short stay in hospital aged 91.

His wife Ilse wishes to thank everyone who has supported her and her family during this difficult period, and extends her thanks to all that attended Tom’s funeral at Eastbourne Crematorium on February 19.

Graham Cranmer

Lime Grove, Portsmouth

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