Four months after Germany surrendered in the Second World War, Miriam Staunton (née Cheales) found herself on a troopship bound for Africa. Although born in Southern Rhodesia in 1914, she had lived the majority of her life in Britain where she worked as a nurse. It was her marriage to Frank Staunton (a man who had served under General Bernard Montgomery in the Western Desert campaign) in September 1945 that saw her returning to the continent. Upon their arrival in Southern Rhodesia, Frank resumed his position in the Ministry of Native Affairs, while Miriam adjusted to married life, with her fi rst few years revolving around home and garden.