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Buckfast boy cast adrift by WWII

By domgib  |  Posted: May 05, 2012


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When the consequence of war, the simple act of donating blood, left him motherless Jon Searle, a Buckfast country lad largely raised by the monks of Buckfast Abbey, found himself alone on a ship to New York, left to be be raised by friends of Fritz Henle, the photographer who had drifted through Dartington. Just before he died March 2012, aged 81,  in his adopted home of Gibraltar where he became editor of the ancient Gibraltar Chronicle, he left his memoirs of those days when he and the Devon's idyllic countryside lost their innocence.

'Song for a new life' by Jon Morgan Searle is now published on Kindle. In the picture Jon is left with Laurie Lee in Andalusia in the 1960s.


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