The wounded soldier portrayed in the Kaiapoi First World War memorial by sculptor William Trethewey is modelled on James Douglas Stark, the 'Starkie' of Robin Hyde's Passport to hell. This novel gives a sympathetic fictionalised account of Starkie's life, which was characterised by both rebelliousness and great bravery. Politician and writer John A. Lee regarded it as a triumph, as he explains in this radio talk of around 1939. In it he refers to Hyde by her birth name, Iris Wilkinson.
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