Pensioner Dorothy Sharpe has spent a whole lifetime wondering what happened to her war hero brother in the last moments of his life.
Now her 70-year struggle is over - thanks to staff at her nursing home in Sheffield.
The 89-year-old’s only brother Douglas Rowley-Blake was fighting in World War Two when he was lost in the North Sea, just hours after setting off on a World War Two bombing raid to Berlin.
Her grief was made all the worse by the fact that there was no grave to visit or memorial to lay flowers at.
Seeing the pain it caused her, Broomgrove Nursing Home embarked on a detective mission.
Donna Pierpoint, manager of the home, said: “Dorothy was always saddened that her brother’s name never seemed to appear on any World War Two memorial in Sheffield.
“When we contacted her solicitor and got a copy of her birth certificate we realised the problem, she’d been searching the wrong name. Dorothy and her brother had been filed with a double-barrelled last name ‘Rowley-Blake’.”
High Storrs School checked their own war memorials in the 1930s-built hall, and found his name recorded there.
Staff also gathered more information about Douglas’ death from Hazel Fox, of Churches Together in Broomhill.
She found out that he was the second pilot of a Whitley V aircraft that mounted a successful raid but crashed due to bad weather on the way back.
Dorothy said: “I’m overwhelmed. I can’t believe what they’ve all done for me. This has finally brought closure now that I’ve seen a memorial to Douglas.”