In the battle of Passchendaele in October 1917, the muddy conditions made it impossible to use wheeled vehicles. Teams of six bearers spent up to seven hours battling knee deep mud to carry the wounded between three and five kilometres to a dressing station. 
Stretcher Bearers Passchendaele 1917: Imperial War Museum Q5935
The ongoing impact of active service resulted in Private France being evacuated sick from France in January 1918, and until his return to New Zealand in February 1919, he was in and out of hospitals in England. George Carl France returned to Levin and later served in World War Two in the Levin Battalion of the Home Guard. George would die in Levin on 14 April 1977.
It is understandable that Henry and Louise France would have named the house at 65 Moana Road ‘Krithia’, because of their son’s involvement in the Battle of Krithia and the impact this would have had on the family.
In the early 1970’s a member of the France family, George’s granddaughter  told the author that the house was named after the wife of a German sea captain. Many returning servicemen from both WW1 and WW2 were reluctant to talk about their experiences in the wars. Was this a story told by George so he would not have to recount the tales of his time in Gallipoli and France and so helped create the legend?
 – Porirua City Heritage Trails – Plimmerton Promenade 1999
 – Plimmerton Boating Club online - history
 – 1912 Subdivisional Plan of Plimmerton Extension, JH Bethune & Co: PRA Collection
 – Golden Wedding, France – Frechtling – Evening Post 28 August 1944
 – Obituary Henry Butler France – Evening Post 16 July 1945
 - Plimmerton Listings – Wises Directory; Wellington, Taranaki & Hawkes Bay
 - Golden Wedding, France-Frechtling-Evening Post 28 August 1944
 – 10/346 Private George Carl France- Military Service Record, New Zealand Archives
 - Second Battle of Krithia, NZ History online
 - Causalty lists, Evening Post 17 May 1915
 - Charles Begg-NZ History online
 - unsource oral history De Castro / Dodson 1970’s.
Next month’s story will outline the two sea captains living in Plimmerton during
1914 – 1930 and their possible involvement with the “Plimmerton Spies”