A FORMER member of the French Resistance has appealed for help finding a British spy he sheltered during the Second World War.
Victor Cuvelier only met the mystery soldier John, who is believed to have lived in the Brentford/Chiswick area, for 24 hours during 1944.
But their brief encounter left a big impression on the Frenchman, now 84 and in poor health, who is keen for a reunion more than 65 years later.
John (whose surname is unknown) was a member of the 13 (Honourable Artillery Company) Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery, and was carrying out renaissance work when their paths crossed in Billy-Berclau, a small village in northern France.
Mr Cuvelier risked his life to guide John, a motorcyclist out-rider, through the narrow country lanes, avoiding the German positions. He gave his British comrade shelter for the night, before he was able to report back to his regiment with the latest vital intelligence.
Although John's location remains a mystery, a wedding photo suggests he and his bride may have come from the Chiswick/Brentford area.
The photo, sent to Victor's family home in 1945, was taken by Wakefields Ltd, a photography studio in the area.
If you know John or have any idea of his whereabouts, please contact the Chronicle and we will pass on any information.