Gloria A True Story

Gloria – Part 14 (The final chapter)

I still call Australia home 🇦🇺 As at the day of publishing this final chapter; 29th November 2022 it will be exactly 20 years since my brother Mark (Born Michael William Bayliss) died from AIDS. I dedicate this whole story both to him and to our Mother Gloria Kivlichan (nee Bayliss). I also dedicate this… Continue reading Gloria – Part 14 (The final chapter)

Gloria A True Story

Gloria – Part 9

Letters from Australia The letter which arrived from Marks adoptive mother in Australia was warm and heartfelt. It clearly came from a lady who was still absolutely distraught over losing her son and she explained that only recently, over 5 years later she had just started to receive bereavement counselling. Then with the contact from… Continue reading Gloria – Part 9

Gloria A True Story

Gloria – Part 8

‘Getting to know Mark’ Mum and I waited and waited for a reply from Marks adoptive family in Australia but still nothing came. We obviously respected their emotions and feelings completely; they too had lost a much loved son and brother and suddenly after 5 and a bit years the long lost family come searching.… Continue reading Gloria – Part 8

Gloria A True Story

Gloria – Part 7

Michael becomes Mark… The phone call I had received from Greg from Network Seven in Australia left me absolutely broken, not only for myself but more so for Mum. I received the call from him just before midnight and sat up the entire night just sobbing hysterically like I have never sobbed either before or… Continue reading Gloria – Part 7

Gloria A True Story

Gloria – part 5

Returning to England. Michael was now formally adopted, Gloria’s baby boy gone forever from her arms but never ever from her heart. She had to get on with life though so she found a nursing job in Sydney and spent the rest of her two years in Australia working there. She loved life in Sydney… Continue reading Gloria – part 5

Gloria A True Story

Gloria – Part 4

‘A baby is born’ As the small ship Castel Felice made its voyage south, it headed down the Bay of Biscay, through the Mediterranean, docking in Port Said, then down through the Suez Canal, before stopping again in Aden (little did Gloria know then that Bill, her future husband was stationed in Aden with the… Continue reading Gloria – Part 4

Gloria A True Story

Gloria – Part 3

‘Bon Voyage’ Gloria’s upbringing was a very strict and traditional one. Her Mother Betty was born in 1906 and her father Percy in 1910, years when Great Britain was only just emerging from the Victorian Era. Her parents both grew up around the Ealing area of London. Percy was one was two children who spent… Continue reading Gloria – Part 3