Author(s): Rachel Hird
'Good bye Bill Massey No more Khaki' is the story of Reg Hird's experiences in WW1 told through 54 letters and postcards sent to sweetheart, Nellie Dean in New Zealand. Reg was a sergeant in the NZ Rifle Brigade and fought on the Western Front in France and Belgium. His letters date from early 1917 to mid-1919. They are well written, often long and detailed, describing some of the battles as well as giving impressions of camp life in NZ, Australia, England and France. The letters are complimented by excerpts from Nellie's diaries. During the war years she was a young teacher at Ferntown School, Golden Bay and lived in Collingwood. Accounts of her experiences provide a real window into the past.
Granddad 2: Nellie and Reg 3: Reg's family 4: Reg; Pre-war 5: An Introduction to Reg's War Story 6: The letters begin 7: 1917; New Zealand and the War in Europe 8: En route to Europe 9: Disembarkation England 10: Looking to the Battlefields of Flandres 11: The Hirds of England 12: First taste of War on the Western Front 13: December 1917; Return to the Field 14: Wintering over on the Front 15: South to the Somme; German breakthrough of English lines 16: Wounded at Bapaume 17: Bapaume to Le Quesnoy 18: The Final Assignment 19: Hanging it out in England 20: Back in New Zealand at last 21: Engagement, Marriage and family