After her parents died, Chris Gray felt the time was right to look for some long-lost relatives in Myanmar. She didn’t know that finding them would help her to move on with her life.
Chris, 62, is talking about how her mother ended up in the UK – and it’s an incredible story.
Born in Burma (now Myanmar) of Karen ethnicity, Dorothy Dawson was the daughter of a colonial customs officer.
During the Second World War, still only a teenager, Dorothy was separated from her family.
She joined thousands of other refugees as they made a 310-mile trek – on foot – through the jungle to India, fleeing Japanese invaders. Thousands perished on the way, but Dorothy made it to safety.
After the war, Dorothy returned to Burma and was reunited with her brother, Peter, and their mother.
Soon afterwards, Dorothy met John Gray: a British army officer who had stayed in the country after the war. Within a few months, the pair were married.
On 4 January 1948, the day Burma celebrated independence, the couple returned to England to start their new life together.
But just a few years later, life in her home country would take a turn for the worse. More