I am searching for family of Johannes Gottlieb Erasmus born in South Africa on 28 October 1928. And maybe a naturalization, marriage and death certificate
He joined the South African navy when he was 18.
In 1947 the navy ship he was on left from the Cape South Africa for Australia (Sydney??). A few months later when the ship returned to South Africa he was not on board
A was declared awol or possibly dead.
In 1960 he wrote a letter to his sister in SA telling her he lived in Australia and was married. He told her that in order to get Australian Citizenship he had to change his name to Peter Lane. (Strange?)
He visited his mother and family in SA shortly after the letter (1960-1961). His wife and son were with him.
He left and was never heard of again.
We are working on the family tree and would like to know what happened to him. It is possible that he is still alive. But his children and grandchildren are most probably still alive
If anybody recognizes this story or might know somebody related to this story, please contact me.