National Insurance contribution black hole - anyone originally from Jersey?

HI forumites. 
I wonder if anyone has been in this situation?
I am originally from Jersey and moved to UK to work back in 1994.
I came with my number (same digits as UK NI) and that was what I was told I could use on my first day.  I had the same number till 2002 when the DWP thought I didn't exist and I ended up with a new number.  After seeing Martin Lewis advice to check NI I discovered all I had paid in from 1994 to 2001 was missing.  I have contacted HMRC and have got some back where I had paperwork but I am still missing some and have had to write again (took almost a year from them to reply!).  Anyone any ideas or has anyone had a similar situation?? Thanks

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