Despite 47 years of absence, little did dampen the ardour of 69-year-old former British Army Dental Corps corporal towards the love he left behind in Penang many moons ago.
â€œI last heard from Wan Jamilah Wan Hussein (Fiona) on Jan 24, 1968, when I received a letter from her saying that her father had agreed to our marriage.
â€œIt was the very last time I heard from her. She was the love of my life,â€ said Warren Holbrook to The Star Online, today.
Recalling the first time he met Wan Jamilah, he said he was at a farewell party at the Mount Pleasure Hotel in June 1967.
Holbrook narrated that Wan Jamilah absolutely took her breath away, but was mindful that mixed marriages were frowned upon back in the day.
However, Holbrook bit the bullet and walked on to the pretty brunette– asking her for a dance. And things just clicked right after.
â€œWe danced to the song Wooly Bully by Sam the Sham & Pharaohs,â€ he said, adding that Wan Jamilah did not have to work as she came from a well-to-do family.
â€œHer father owned a successful taxi business. She had her own car and everything.â€
Holbrook, who went back to England in 1968 after his stint with the army ended, said it was his biggest regret not marrying Wan Jamilah.
Holbrook, who never married, said both of them dated for about five months and were engaged in October 1967.
â€œBut as soon as my superiors found out, they sent me to another army base in Kluang, Johor. A white man in the army was not allowed to marry a local back then,â€ he said.
Asked why he took so long to reconnect with Wan Jamilah, he said he went to the familyâ€™s last known address in Jalan Tanjong Tokong nine years ago but they were no longer living there.
â€œI would really like to see her again,â€ he added.
Holbrook stayed in the army until 1972 and then started a job as a sales representative in England until 1979.
He then moved to Scotland and taught people how to fish for 20 years until 1999. He then became a golf course manager until his retirement two years ago. He will be leaving Penang on March 23.
But this eligible bachelor won’t give up without an old college try. Holbrook seeks the help from the public reconnect him with his old flame. Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Wan Jamilah or her sister Nora can contact Holbrook at 011-2375 1132.
With this kind of dedication, it’s hard to believe true love really does transcends the ages. Still a better love story than ours! MYNEWSHUB.CC