Some incidents that Phillip recalled in later years included picnics near the Zambesi river and, in particular, one occasion when the adults had gathered together on the sandy beach which formed inlets, like fingers, set in the grassy verge. He and a small friend went to play near the water with their small terrier and were more or less out of sight of the adults. The Zambesi was and is renowned for the number of very large crocodiles that inhabit this river. Suddenly one of these huge creatures emerged from the water and started to chase the dog, a favourite food apparently. The dog ran round and round the children, with the crocodile chasing after him, while they stood together, petrified in the middle of the two circling animals. Eventually the dog was caught and the crocodile disappeared into the river with it, while two extremely scared small boys returned to join the adults.
One of the toys he was given as a child was an exceptionally well-designed model peddle car, which must have been purchased in Britain during one of their visits [according to her daughter, Lucy, it was given to him by his sister, Winnie and this was probably the case]. It was beautifully made and we have a photograph of him riding in it, the number plate clearly reads PM4, so presumably it was given to him at four years of age. He also had a very sturdy tricycle, which was another favourite toy.
We also have photos of him, with his sisters, during the visit of the Prince of Wales to Northern Rhodesia in 1925. His four half-sisters are all very nicely dressed and well-behaved standing behind the barrier, but young Phillip, with his flag in hand, has climbed under the barricade to get a closer view of the proceedings.
In 1925, Girlie was aged 22 and Doris 21 and, by then, both were in Livingstone. Winnie was 17 and Dolly 15 but, judging from this photograph, it is hard to believe these ages because they all look like young children, small in stature, standing there in their white socks, sandals and panama hats. However, the date is confirmed and young Phillip is obviously about three or so. Strangely enough, the girls all look much more mature in another photo, which shows Phillip as an infant, sitting on Victor's lap, with the four girls standing behind them.
We have another two family photographs that were probably taken by Ruby Adams as she is not included in either group. The one shows her two sisters Mabel May and Winnie Murray with all the children. The older ones standing at the back are Margaret Murray, Bernard Adams and Winnie Squires, then standing to the right of the mothers are Doreen Adams and Dolly Squires, while in front Sheila Murray stands on the left of her mother with Ian Murray on the right of her, with young Phillip in front of his mother and seated on the ground is Harold Adams. I think this must have been taken at a family gathering in Cape Town. The other is of a gathering for a picnic with the old cars in the background and Mabel May is the only adult, surrounded by all the May and Squire daughters and the Adams children. It is not clear where this one was taken, either in Cape Town or Livingstone, possibly the latter.
When Phillip and his mother departed from Australia for their return voyage to South Africa, they were accompanied by his grandmother, as she wished to see her other two daughters, Winifred and Ruby also and the various grandchildren there. They then caught the train from Cape Town for the long journey to Northern Rhodesia.
Because of the intense heat from the sun, so close to the equator in Livingstone, Phillip suffered from sun-stroke quite a lot and, on one occasion, it was so bad and his temperature rose so high that the doctor ordered that he be placed in a bath filled with ice blocks to cool him down. Because of this, his parents were advised to get him to a more temperate climate and, in consequence, it was decided that he should attend school in England.