Diary of Agnes Eleanor Dean 1918

In 1918 my grandmother Nellie Dean continued to keep up her war time correspondence with her husband to be, Karamea farmer Reg Hird and friends Herbert Mead and George Smallholme.

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During 1918 Nellie receives sad news of her friend George Smallholme and his last letter is returned.  Herbert Mead is seriously wounded and returns home and Reg Hird is wounded twice on the battlefields of France.  She continues to write to Reg who remains active until the end of WW1.  By this time she is up to letter number 57 and he has been the recipient of many Auckland Weeklies.

Nellie's family write frequently from Karamea. Her parents, Ellie and Bob Dean brought their family to New Zealand from Liverpool, England in 1903. They settled in Karamea and in 1918 are living in Granite Creek, Kongahu.  All, that is, except her older sister Winnie, who is married to Leo Schmidt and lives in Westport.  Her younger sister Millie is often mentioned as are her brothers Fred and Dick Dean. 

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