Roy Ayling and Norman Gibson (1916)  [image: supplied]

Roy Ayling and Norman Gibson (1916)

Roy Ayling and Norman Gibson

In this podcast Miriam Saphira talks about her father Norman and his relationship with Roy. The two men met as soldiers during WW1 and formed a very close bond - was it homosexual, homosocial or something else?

Roy's Cenotaph record can be viewed here and Norman's Cenotaph record can been viewed here. Miriam's book which details the relationship is called A Man's Man: A Daughters Story, published in 1997.

A collection of writings and illustrations from men of the New Zealand Division, published 1917
New Zealand soldiers Roy Ayling and Norman Gibson, France 1916. The pair bought a farm and lived together on their return to New Zealand after WW1. Image courtesy of Miriam Saphira
Norman Gibson posing in a studio photograph, London, 1919. Image courtesy of Miriam Saphira
Requiem written by Norman Parau Gibson and published in New Zealand at the Front, 1917
Roy Aylings love poem Old Sunshine written [probably] about Norman Gibson, published in New Zealand at the Front, 1917

Citation information

URL:http://www.pridenz.com/roy_ayling_and_norman_gibson.html
Record date:12th February 2016
Location:Auckland
Interviewer:Gareth Watkins
Copyright:PrideNZ.com