The NZ press have been in an unseemly scramble today in an effort to work out the exact circumstances of the death of a British couple in the resort of Essaouira, Morocco. Some have even been asking for more details of the accident. Read Suspicion around Moroccan deaths.
The deceased couple, Roger and Mathilde (Tilly) Lamb from Pensham near Pershore, both died from injuries sustained in falls in the North African country.
The NZ link comes via Roger Lamb, who had been working for an engineering company in quake torn Christchurch. Both he and his wife were thought to have been on holiday at the time of their passing. Although he’d been working in New Zealand his family had remained in their Worcestershire home, according to the BBC.
A (British) Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) spokesman said the exact circumstances of the deaths were being investigated.
He also said the FCO was providing consular assistance to the family.
Our sincere and heartfelt condolences are extended to the couple’s family and friends for their tragic loss.
Mr and Mrs Lamb leave four sons.
A report in the British press suggested that Mrs Lamb’s death may have been a tragic accident. It also appears that Mr Lamb, who had to work in Christchurch to keep the money coming in, had finally decided to leave New Zealand and return to the UK. His wife and children had visited New Zealand and decided they didn’t want to live there.
The family faced a dilema that many migrant families have to contend with – that of emigration being only one person’s ambition and the rest of the family not wanting to go.
His running mate in New Zealand Gary said
“Roger often shared his turmoil after training sessions. ‘His wife wasn’t keen to come and I would say the kids were 50/50 — not wanting to leave their friends,’ he says. ‘He was in so much turmoil over what he should do.
‘He was torn between his life here and going back and probably, if he didn’t have children, he would have stayed. That was his torment. ‘I know for a fact he and Tilly had discussions about splitting up.’
‘We discussed the options and his dilemma was that if he did decide to stay and his marriage did split up, did he give up all that he had worked for — his house?’Problems had come to a head last spring. Tilly and the boys visited in April — around the time of his 47th birthday. The trip was continually marred by strong and frightening earthquake aftershocks which did not unnerve Roger — who had already seen his flat in a colleague’s home destroyed by a quake — but must have been alarming for his family.
By the time Tilly and the boys left, say friends, Roger, who communicated with his children most mornings via Skype, stopped house-hunting and became resigned to returning to the UK… more here
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