Rita Annandale – A Validation of John

Published by Beyond The Vale Publishing

Published Date – September 2022

Born in 1940s South Africa, John made his choices early in life, and they were all good. Unfortunately, by the time the road became easier for him, it had worn away.

His father had no last words as he died. He was dead before the ambulance arrived, leaving John in the fragmented care of his two sisters after his mother left for South West Africa.

A misty morning by the roadside transformed John’s fortunes moving him from struggling pig farmer to company director and then the cruel twist of fate, to live out his days in care coping with Alzheimer’s.

Did he ever have flashbacks to the life he once lived? Did he realise how successful he had been in his lifetime? Did he love his wife, although he never showed it? Was he responsible for her disappearance? Did he murder her?

Throughout his life, he nurtured a cold, hard inner core that kept him unflinchingly on a path to success. He developed a look with his eyes that could scorch a person with contempt.

He knows what he saw one morning in the mist.


I wanted to tell John’s story. I thought that a man who tried so hard in his life to achieve so much from nothing ought to be remembered, even if it’s only for my own sake when I see him withering away from the person he once was. The past and the memories are all that are left now – only for those who can still remember.

John Henry Annandale

21 January 1944


28 August 2022


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