Dorothy and Wyville, as he was known, had met before the War when he moved to Reefton on the West Coast to take up engineering work.
Wyville joined the Canterbury Infantry Battalion, fighting at Gallipoli and on the Western Front. Dorothy remained at home with her parents and sister in Greymouth. Like many women, she did her part for the war effort by participating in patriotic events and fundraising for Belgian relief.
A month before the War ended, Wyville contracted malaria and died in Persia. Dorothy never married.
In anticipation of her marriage to Wyville, Dorothy made this nightgown.
After the War, she and her unmarried sister lived with their widowed mother in Greymouth. After their mother’s death in 1951, the sisters moved to Christchurch, where Dorothy died in 1976.