Local man John Leo O'Keefe went away to war in May 1916, and came home three years later to the month in May 1919. He sent letters home to his sister, Lena of Palmerston North, some of which are shown here. These letters were donated by Viv and Des O'Keefe as part of the My Family Story project, along with a photograph of their father in the trenches at the battle of Le Quesnoy.

"At Sea
October 1916

Dear Lena,
Just a few lines to let you know that I am still alive + well. We are having a good trip though the weather is getting cold again now.

Thursday October 1926