Race to trace mystery family in briefcase

Marie and Claire Walker, right, with a suitcase full of letters, documents and pictures which was found in a skip and they are trying to locate the rightful owners
Marie and Claire Walker, right, with a suitcase full of letters, documents and pictures which was found in a skip and they are trying to locate the rightful owners
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WHEN Claire Walker saw this battered old briefcase thrown in a skip, she thought it looked so precious she rescued it.

And it seems she was right to do so.

For inside was the story - in letters, pictures, certificates, military records and even tax receipts - of three Sheffield brothers born in the early 20th century.

Now the 36-year-old artist and mum Marie, 56, are trying to trace the family.

Samuel, Irvin and Norman Stork appear to have grown up in Bruce Road, Sharrow Vale - where Claire was living when she found the case - before heading into the world. One was a soldier, another a sailor. Their parents, Samuel and Isabel, had married at the start of the 1900s.

“I saved it in 1996 when I was a student,” says Claire, who now lives in South Elmsall. “And I’ve been trying to trace the family ever since but we always hit dead-ends.

“It’s the usual paperwork that collects up over a life - driving certificates, tax records, condolence cards - but it didn’t seem right for it be thrown. I’m moving house now and I need to reach this family or pass it to the Sheffield Archives.”

If you think you knew the Stork brothers email The Diary.