In 1943, navigator Ian Comrie tossed a penny overboard as the ship' />
It might not be a heroic battle story, but it's unique in its own special way.
In 1943, navigator Ian Comrie tossed a penny overboard as the ship left the dock on its journey to Canada for the troops to be trained in the British air force.
Attached to the penny was a note, with `Ian Comrie, Eastbourne Fare thee well.'
Ian survived the war and his daughter, Sharyn Coull, now has the letters and says the letters and penny are priceless.
``It might not be a great bravery story but it's a family treasure,'' she says.
Ian was based in South Britain where he was sent out on airforce missions.
A man by the name of Arthur N Stewart retrieved the penny.
After finding a contact for a Comrie in Wellington, Mr Stewart sent the penny, accompanied with a letter to a
man who was Ian's father.
The first letter was dated October 4, 1943.
``I take it that the one whose name is on the paper is one of your family,'' wrote Arthur.
By October 14, Arthur had received a reply and wrote back to Sharyn's grandfather.
``When you write the lad, tell him that the note reached you okay and also that we here wish him all the best and that the good Lord will take care of him.''
The Stratford Press leads in Anzac Day commemorations with this `lighter' memoir, with more articles and coverage of the Anzac parades in the Press next week.