FAMILY ROOTS: Relative was a secret war hero

UNCOVERING HISTORY: Rennison Vayro who has researched his extended family tree
UNCOVERING HISTORY: Rennison Vayro who has researched his extended family tree

REGULAR Family Roots contributor Rennison Vayro has come up trumps with more research on his family.

And this time, he has discovered a distant relative who was a Second World War hero, even though his exploits were shrouded in mystery.

Percy James Thomas Vayro was the eldest of three brothers born in the Belper area of Derbyshire.

Rennison tells us: “It is thought that Percy used one of his middle names during his time in the Army.”

But Percy certainly made an impression as he was decorated for his services.

Rennison said: “He was awarded his Member of the British Empire Medal for work he did whilst working for the Central Government Control in Germany. The family have a wonderful photographic record of his work in Germany at the end of the Second World War, but no details whatsoever of what he actually received his award for.”

Papers show he was in the New Year honours of 1946 as Warrant Officer Class 1 (acting) Percy James Thomas Vayro of the Royal Army Service Corps.

Extra details showed the MBE had been awarded in the Military Division.

It also reported that Percy had been employed in the Derbyshire County Surveyor’s Department since 1939.

He was the chief clerk of the Legal Division Control Commission for Germany and had spent several months there in 1944.

Rennison added: “So although it can never be proved, his work may have been secret and certainly high status.”

In 1944, Percy married Vera Milnes.

Percy passed away in 1970 and Vera in 1995.

Our thanks go to Rennison for yet another wonderful piece of research. We want more people to do the same.

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