A 92-year-old woman has donated 1.5 million New Zealand dollars (about 1.05 million US dollars) to the school of her fiance who was killed in World War II, a newspaper reported on Tuesday.
Violet Dunn, who lives in a retirement home in Auckland, stayed true to her love and never married after Royal Air Force pilot Tom Paul died when his plane crashed in England in 1944.
Dunn and Paul met in 1934 on Auckland's Takapuna beach, fell in love and planned to marry.
In 1940, Paul enlisted as an Air Force trainee pilot. He was sent to England the following year, flying bombers on night raids over Europe. Paul was just 26 when he died.
Dunn went to England after the war ended and visited the site of her Paul's crash. She came back to New Zealand in the 1960s.
She made the donation to his old school, Wellington College, which he attended from 1931 till 1935, to honour his memory and ensure that their tale of love during war will live on for generations, the Dominion Post reported.
"It's a great story," headmaster Roger Moses told the paper. "She's carried the memory of her fiance throughout her whole life." ( dpa )