From Ngaire’s journal, 4th August, 1955
The anniversary of the outbreak of World War I in 1914.
I well remember as a child of 7 years, 11 months, standing behind my father at the breakfast table and reading the ominous headlines in the newspaper, “War in Europe”. Everyone seemed quiet and scared, though they tried to hide it from us children, and I had nightmares for many nights about Dad fighting Grandad with a shovel, a most improbable thing.”
It does seem unlikely that Ngaire’s father William, a choirmaster, would ever have fought his rather dapper father, with or without a shovel.
This photograph of the family was taken on Christmas Day, 1915. A few months earlier, William’s wife Emily had died in tragic circumstances, leaving him to raise Ngaire, Phyllis and Keith.
The headlines Ngaire remembered so well were probably from the Christchurch Press. This copy of the paper is from Papers Past.