Reunited after almost 70years

PUBLISHED: 12:07 13 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:08 26 October 2009

Derrick Ingrey, left, and Roy Warren: Articles in the WHT led to them meeting up again for the first time since 1939

Derrick Ingrey, left, and Roy Warren: Articles in the WHT led to them meeting up again for the first time since 1939

TWO emotional old friends were reunited after almost 70 years thanks to the WHT. Derrick Ingrey, from Hatfield, and Roy Warren, from WGC, did not know that each other were still in the area until they read each other s war memoirs in our paper. The pair e

TWO emotional old friends were reunited after almost 70 years thanks to the WHT.

Derrick Ingrey, from Hatfield, and Roy Warren, from WGC, did not know that each other were still in the area until they read each other's war memoirs in our paper.

The pair embraced when they met at Derrick's Clarke's Road home and reminisced about how they had not seen one another since 1939.

"Thanks to the WHT it's put us back together again and it's terrific," said 82-year-old Derrick.

Roy, 83, who lives in Knightsfield, WGC, described their reunion as an "amazing thing".

He said: "I was having my lunch and the phone rung.

"A voice down the other end said 'guess who' and I said Derrick Ingrey.

"I knew it was him even after all this time."

The pair who both attended the then St Audrey's CofE School, in Endymion Road, Hatfield, talked about fond school memories and remembered popular and not-so-popular teachers.

Neither man knew the other worked at the former de Havilland Aerodrome during World War Two until a couple of weeks ago.

"It is emotional," said Derrick, "It's incredible we have lived so close and not seen each other for so long but this is so special. Maybe we could get hold of others."

Roy said: "We both liked athletics at school. We can reminisce about school, work and people we used to know.

"Seventy years on and we have lots to talk about."

Roy left school in July 1938 to work at the Hatfield aerodrome while his companion joined the company a year later.

During World War Two, Roy lived in Lemsford Road, Hatfield, while Derrick, lived in Clarke's Road just a few houses from where he lives now.

In the years after the war, Derrick, who has married twice and has three sons and one daughter, worked in a film studio.

Later in life he became a gardener.

Roy, who has had two marriages of more than 25 years and has a stepdaughter who currently lives in Canada, continued to work at the aerodrome in the drawing office.


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