Couple torn apart by WWII see each other for the first time in 62 years—sparks fly

“Ours is a most unusual story"
February 3, 2018 2:06 pm Last Updated: February 3, 2018 2:08 pm

Fate, destiny, true love are all terms bandied about way too often nowadays. They’ve saturated entertainment to the point where it’s totally natural to have a healthy cynicism of these concepts.

But when two former lovers found each other again after over half-a-century apart, it will make you feel that some things might be truly meant to be.

Torn apart by war and time, Eric and Enid’s bond could not be forgotten.

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In 1939, Australians Eric Tweedsdale, 96, and Enid Bradshaw, 94, met at a Sydney youth gathering. That moment was the start of a wonderful romance.

It did not take long, mere months, before the two were madly in love with one another. Eventually, they got engaged to one another; their future was looking bright. There was only one somewhat large issue brewing, namely, World War II.

As war seemed likely to breakout, Tweedsdale decided to join the Navy to protect his home and love. Though they swore they would continue their relationship, the raging battles of the Pacific, time, and distance eventually forced the two young lovers to grow apart.

As time went on, they would meet other people and start families with them. But nothing matched the intensity and strength of their love for one another.

Even though they were apart for over 60 years, time had no meaning for them.

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By 2004, the couple had not seen one another for 62 years. But that was about to change.

The same Sydney youth group that facilitated the meeting between Tweedsdale and Bradshaw held a reunion at the very same spot where the former lovers met.

Tweedsdale and Bradshaw attended and, on first seeing one another again, they were completely swept away by all the old feelings.

“She was a beautiful girl,” Tweedsdale said according to The Daily Telegraph. “And I thought she looked even more beautiful at 80-odd years young.”

Unsurprisingly, the two decided to catch up after the reunion over coffee. Their connection was still strong even after all the years apart—so much so that it led to a funny problem.

“We had a cup of coffee, chatted about the time that had passed and ended up missing our train,” Bradshaw said.

It was time to start again.

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Their friendship blossomed and after having both been widowed several years earlier, the time was finally right to continue their romance. Last year they both moved into a retirement community together—though they live separately, they are excited to spend as much time with one another as possible.

“Ours is a most unusual story with a happy ending,” Tweedsdale said. “We not only spend time reminiscing, but look forward to the days ahead with keen anticipation.”

And though they spent many years apart, they both feel fate had brought them together.

“We both believe it was just meant to be,” Tweedsdale said according to The Daily Telegraph.