The second event that made a great impact on Margaret was after the Second World War and this was made known among family members but was not generally spoken about.
Margaret never mentioned this episode to me so that the 'facts' given here are all hearsay, but they were commonly accepted by the family. Charles had joined up, but had been taken prisoner and escaped from a prisoner-of-war camp in Italy. He managed to find a safe haven with an Italian family and, as so commonly happened, he became very attached to the Italian lady who assisted him during this time. After he was discharged from the army and returned to South Africa, he found it difficult to take up the treads of his pre-war life and made up his mind to return to Italy. In order to do this, he arranged a 'fishing accident' off the rocks on the coast beyond Steenbrass River mouth, where the seas are very treacherous. Either Margaret or the police were not convinced that he had been washed off the rocks and eventually he was traced to Durban, where he intended boarding a vessel to the Mediterranean.
Margaret was a very great friend to me in many ways and I always appreciated the fact that she kept in regular touch, either by telephone or by visiting us in Gordons Bay. I was especially pleased that, while the Spooners were living in the Cape and the six boys were all still young, Margaret, Robbie, Phyl, Bill and family all joined us for our Christmas day celebrations each year.