Horace Iles is the young lad featured in One
Boy. Marjorie is his niece, herself a grandmother,
and she still thinks about him today, even
though he died in 1916. She has told her own sons
and her grandchildren all about him. This is what
have an uncle killed when he was a young
boy meant that I could never hear actually
from him, but know of him only through stories.
As a child I grew up listening to my
father, grandmother and auntie Florrie (Horace’s
sister) speaking at intervals about my uncle
Horace. There was a photograph of him on
my grandmother's sideboard; there was also,
in my grandmother's home a miniature coronation
chair that he had carved at school (I now
have this chair). He became a distant figure
in my imagination.
It was extremely heart
touching to see "One Boy"
and realise my uncle's story was at long
last being told.’