Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

Wallet Lost By Soldier 71 Years Ago Is Finally Returned To His Family.

Losing your father in any war is a big loss that can leave an emptiness in your heart forever. Just ask Robin Ashby, who lost his WWII dad, Kenneth, when he was just a kid. But the past has a way of coming back to haunt you and in this case, that was actually a good thing. When Kenneth lost his life, he left something behind that made its way back to his son several decades later, and it brought tears of sadness and overwhelming joy, and he owes it all to a Dutch Family who had guarded the fallen soldier's wallet full of hidden treasures and then decided to seek out his descendants and return it to the rightful owners.

It's hard to keep track of your wallet during WWII.

Just ask British soldier, Kenneth Ashby who lost his wallet in the Netherlands in 1945

It's hard to keep track of your wallet during WWII.

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Who could have imagined that the wallet would have turned decades later?

Well for Kenneth's son, Robin, the emotions were overwhelming when another man's family, including his granddaughters, Jasmijn and Myrthe, traveled from their home in the Netherlands to personally hand deliver the wallet to him.

Who could have imagined that the wallet would have turned decades later?

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It's been over 70 years and the leather wallet was still reasonably well preserved.

It had been missing since Ashby had been stationed in the south-eastern Netherlands town of Haelen.

It's been over 70 years and the leather wallet was still reasonably well preserved.

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The wallet was essentially a time capsule of family treasures.

Inside it, Robin Ashby found a number of his dad's personal effects, including a bunch of old photographs.

The wallet was essentially a time capsule of family treasures.

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