When Linda Allen heard her father’s war stories, she never imagined they would later lead to discovering long lost family members. Her father, Finlay Campbell, was a State athlete who was destined for the Olympic Games in the long jump event, but World War II took over. Born in Bridgetown, Mr Campbell was one of the early men in the area to enlist and he celebrated his 24th birthday while on the ship voyage, Mrs Allen said. “He left just before Christmas in 1940 and landed at the Suez Canal where he served in the north Africa campaign,” she said. “Then the Germans started coming down into Greece and they were deployed into Greece.” Mr Campbell was wounded and ended up at a hospital in Athens before he was discharged and later captured by German soldiers. “They were kept in a holding camp in Corinth and then they went by cattle trains and walking, apparently it was horrific with little food and water, until they eventually got to Austria and he was put in Stalag XVIII-A as a prisoner-of-war for four years,” she said. Mr Campbell was put to work on an Austrian farm where he fell in love with a farmer’s daughter, Leopoldine. After escaping and stealing a car to make his way through Europe, Mr Campbell eventually made it to England and later started a family in WA. Years later, Mrs Allen was contacted by an Austrian girl through Ancestry.com who told the family Mr Campbell had a daughter called Hildegard. “Hildegard had given up on looking, but her granddaughter took on the challenge and by chance found a link to one of my sisters,” Mrs Allen said. “She wrote to us and it went from there.” Since then the families have united in Austria and Bridgetown to connect over history and share memories of Mr Campbell, and still regularly keep in touch.