61 years of hap­pi­ness

Central Leader - - News -

A World War Two sur­vivor who had to travel thou­sands of kilo­me­tres to meet the love of her life has died.

Halina Clegg was born Halina Adam­czewska on De­cem­ber 6, 1923, in a small Pol­ish vil­lage.

As a teenager she was taken by the in­vad­ing Ger­man army and sent to work as slave labour in Aus­tria, and her par­ents were driven from their home and forced to sur­vive in the for­est.

She never saw her fam­ily again, al­though she and a group of other pris­on­ers were able to es­cape while pre­tend­ing to walk to church.

Mrs Clegg was orig­i­nally mar­ried at 16 but her hus­band was killed in the bat­tle of Monte Cassino in Italy.

She then mi­grated to Aus­tralia with the help of a vet­er­ans’ as­so­ci­a­tion.

There she met Ir­ish­man Stan­ley Clegg at a board­ing house. They be­gan dat­ing and were mar­ried three months later on Septem­ber 25, 1948.

They moved to New Zealand and had four chil­dren, 11 grand­chil­dren and three great-grand­chil­dren.

The Mt Roskill cou­ple cel­e­brated their 60th wed­ding an­niver­sary last year and cred­ited their Chris­tian faith for their happy mar­riage.

Mrs Clegg passed away on Oc­to­ber 3 and a fu­neral was held for her at the Church of Christ NZ in Mt Roskill.

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