Brigadier James Hargest is one of Southland's most significant 20th century military and political figures however he's now all but forgotten; except for the Invercargill High School that bears his name.
Southland based historian Aaron Fox is writing the Brigadier's life story, based in part on previously unpublished documents.
Aaron has just received a second grant to carry out his extensive research. Last year he came to Wellington thanks to the Stout Research Centre, but earthquake damage meant he couldn't get into the National Library and Archives New Zealand buildings.
Now the New Zealand History Research Trust Fund is chipping in for what's become an all consuming project.