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Charles Francis Eivers
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Poppa - only as I have grown older have I come to appreciate the sacrifice made by you and your brothers and comrades in the War. I feel so proud and honoured that you went to war to ensure that our country remained free. I was 8 when you passed away. I wish that I had been older so that I could ask you about the war and show you my appreciation. I remember you as tall, kind and a lover of the sea. You always brought us whitebait and pipis and fish. I remember one time that you took Arthur and I to stay with you at Ohiwa. There was no electricity and we had a gas lamp. The stories of your horsemanship are legendary. How odd it must have been to go from Whakatane to Eygpt. I wonder if you took your own horse? I feel fortunate to have known you when I was a child. I will always think of you and uncle Herbert and all the men who went to war on Anzac Day. Ka nui te aroha. Francie x