THE hunt for the missing volume of a Liverpool adventurer’s century-old diary sparked a search across Britain.
Andrew and Danielle Moore were baffled by the two mysterious, lavishly- illustrated volumes which were bought at a car boot sale for a few pence.
They described in detail a passage to India from the Mersey and back in 1914, but the only clue to the author was his initials – JHD.
But the first volume, which might have revealed his identity and reason for the trip, was missing.
The author’s name suddenly emerged a few weeks ago on a document when the couple realised he was executor to Captain William Tyers, of the SS Manipur, on which “JHD” sailed to Calcutta.
He was John Hilton Davies, who lived in Walton and then, from 1911, at Sudworth Road, New Brighton.
He was a fire and life insurance clerk working for Royal Insurance, based at its then almost new grand headquarters at No 1, North John Street, Liverpool.
No grave or relatives could be found for Davies, who died in 1954 at a Flintshire nursing home, but the Moores, from Lincolnshire, tracked down Capt Tyers’ final resting place.
But neither his name nor his wife Edith’s was recorded on their fine family gravestone at Rake Lane Cemetery in Wallasey.
Capt Tyers died of wartime injuries on Christmas Day 1940, five days after a mine fell on his house in the blitz.
Mr Moores was so fascinated by the entire story of Davies’ epic voyage that he pledged to have Capt and Mrs Tyers’ names added to their gravestone.
The retired accountant said: “I feel I owe it them for the interest and enjoyment this story gave us.
“The Friends of Rake Lane Cemetery told us the bodies of both Capt and Mrs Tyers lay in the grave with their daughter Hilda, who died aged 12.
“Perhaps because of the war, or with no other family surviving, it just never happened. We’re told there will be no problem having their names added.”