Tea for two, and an unknown soldier
In the war years, home movie-making in New Zealand was a rare event. Intimate scenes like the ones shown in this film are even rarer. We believe that this is Rob Millington, who is pictured having tea at his home in Wellington in 1916, with his fiancée Daisy and their cat. Millington was a camera operator employed by Henry Hayward. Soon after this film was made Millington signed up to serve with the merchant navy as a wireless operator; he was killed in November 1917 when the ship he was serving on, the Aparima, was sunk by a German torpedo. The name of the older soldier shown toward the end of the film is unknown. He may be a relative of the Hayward or Fuller families, who were both prominent NZ cinema-owning families.
This film is an uncommon portrait of an individual soldier at a time when only large bodies of men were usually shown on screen.