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A letter and photographs posted to a member of the Second N.Z.E.F. five years ago have been returned to the sender in Auckland under unusual circumstances.

A note enclosed with the returned documents states: "I am a naval officer ashore in Germany and this morning, while going through some German papers, came across this letter with photos attached. As this was the only English in a positive sea of German possessions it struck me as odd."

The officer adds that after debating with himself for what seemed like hours he took the letter up to his cabin. The story behind his discovei'y might be sad and if he opened wounds he asked for forgiveness. Much might have happened since the letter was written so long ago.

"Auckland I noticed was the address,", he continues. "Many long years ago I once spent four or five rather grand days in Auckland as an apprentice. I can't remember the people's names with whom I had rather fun. I do remember though a steamer in which we used to steam around the bay and dance in the moonlight.

"Anyway, I enclose your letter, photographs and the envelope. I notice the stamps have been snipped off ... and so, Kia Ora and other words of greetings, if Kia Ora be greetings. — Norman J. Linwood, Lieutenant, R.N.R."

The Second Echelon soldier concerned was Sergeant A. H. Varian, who was in England at the time his wife wrote to him, but was later killed in Libya. The discovery m Germany of the letter he never saw shows the necessity for postal censorship.

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LETTER RETURNED, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 176, 27 July 1945

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LETTER RETURNED Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 176, 27 July 1945

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