• April 21, 2024
 Anglia Research find next of kin of a World War II veteran who had died alone and at one point was facing the indignity of a public health funeral

Anglia Research find next of kin of a World War II veteran who had died alone and at one point was facing the indignity of a public health funeral

You may remember this story from last spring. The life story of Flight Sergeant Peter Brown, a World War II veteran who had died alone in London aged ninety-six with no known family, became front page news.

The expert team here at Anglia Research were able to demonstrate their international people tracing expertise by locating his next of kin in response to what had then become a worldwide media appeal.

Finding the next of kin of those that die intestate is something we conduct for local authorities as well as legal professionals. In the UK, councils take on responsibility for public health funerals where there is seemingly no one else (such as immediate family) being willing or able to make arrangements.

During our work, we are at times breaking sad news to those we are speaking to about their relative. So, it is always a positive when our research can lead to the reuniting of families who have lost contact.

Believed to be the last of the “Pilots of Caribbean” Peter Brown eventually received a full RAF funeral held in central London, and we were honoured to have representatives at the service.

Read more about this wonderful story here on our website here.

Sometimes it is more than just a job.

Anglia Research is an award-winning probate genealogy and people tracing firm offering a range of services that assist probate practitioners throughout the estate administration process, such as:

  • Finding missing beneficiaries named in a will
  • Locating legally entitled relatives in intestacy cases
  • Family tree verification & estate distribution guidance
  • Providing fixed-cost international bankruptcy searches
  • Undertaking financial asset and liability checks in the UK
  • Accessing missing beneficiary indemnity insurance quotes

We also offer additional support around Statutory Will research services for Court of Protection teams and tracing owners of empty properties and absent landlords.

If you have a new or historic estate administration matter that you think we could help you with, please call us on 01473 350 350. Alternatively, email our dedicated law firm query mailbox, monitored by our specialist team, at legal@angliaresearch.co.uk


This article was submitted to be published by Anglia Research as part of their advertising agreement with Today’s Wills and Probate. The views expressed in this article are those of the submitter and not those of Today’s Wills and Probate.

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Now in our sixth decade, we are a full-service probate genealogy firm, supporting probate practitioners with the estate administration process. We believe that it is our staff that sets up apart; we employ more accredited genealogists, legally qualified and independently regulated staff than any other UK probate research firm. The calibre of our team means that we find relatives fast and, crucially, we do not cut corners. Our dedicated team of genealogists liaise with a global network of agents to connect with missing beneficiaries, lost or unknown heirs, and the rightful owners of unclaimed assets. Established in 1979, Anglia Research has traced thousands of missing heirs in the UK and around the world. Founder Peter Turvey is an active member of the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA), which is the only provider of genealogical accreditation in England and Wales and where knowledge and professionalism are required and tested. Our industry-leading services have been featured on popular TV programmes, including the BBC’s "Who Do You Think You Are?" and "A House Through Time". The firm is headquartered in Ipswich, Suffolk with further offices in the UK and throughout the world. Key Services: Main Contact Details: Key Contact