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Object: Copy of a portrait of Frederick Milroy

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Title Copy of a portrait of Frederick Milroy
Production Berry & Co (copyist), 1914-1919, Wellington
Medium summary black and white glass negative
Materials photographic gelatin, sheet glass, silver, photographic plates
Classification studio portraits, portraits, black-and-white negatives, gelatin dry plate negatives
Technique black-and-white photography
Format half plate (1/2)
Credit line Purchased 1998 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds
Registration number B.043709

Frederick Milroy, service number 8/1888

This is a copy of a studio portrait which probably depicts Frederick Milroy, a lieutenant in the Otago Infantry Battalion during World War I.

Frederick was born in 1889, and worked as a Telegraphist while living in Takaka. He married Phyllis Betsy Hunter in the Presbyterian Church of Takaka on the 4th July 1911, and together they had two children: Jean Margaret was born in Nelson and Gordon Alexander was born in Motueka on 6th April 1913. 

Milroy embarked with the 3rd reinforcements from Wellington on the 14th February 1915.  He went to Egypt for training, and then to Gallipoli.  He was admitted to hospital in Malta, but was transported to England in September 1915, being recorded as only ‘slightly sick’.  On arrival in England he was admitted to London General Hospital, still classed as only ‘slightly sick’, but he was not declared fit for light duties until 23rd February 1916.  In March he was declared fit for general service but by September 1916 he was placed on the New Zealand Roll for ill health.  He returned to New Zealand where he was seconded from the regiment, being officially discharged on 31st August 1917.

Frederick Milroy died on the 26th April 1961.

Frederick's service number was 8/1888.

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The Berry Boys
During World War I, around 120 Kiwi soldiers had their photograph taken at Wellington’s Berry & Co photography studio before they left New Zealand to fight in the war . These portraits are now in Te Papa’s collection.

In the lead-up to the World War I centenary (2014-18), Te Papa is working to identify these soldiers and the loved ones they are pictured with. We want to make contact with their descendants, and to record their stories.

Some soldiers have already been identified. For others, we only have the surname etched on the glass negative.

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If you have any information you can share about the Berry Boys - either a soldier or someone they are photographed with - please use the online form above. You can also email or leave a phone message for us on 04 381 7129. You can also write to Berry Boys Project Team, Te Papa, PO Box 467, Wellington 6140.

To aid identification, please be sure to include the Te Papa registration number (B.044366, for example) for the photo in question.

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