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Object: Portrait of John Richard Warden

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Title Portrait of John Richard Warden
Production Berry & Co (photography studio), 1915-1916, 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.044018

John Richard Warden, service number 26/329

This studio portrait shows Rifleman John Richard Warden, service number 26/329.

John was 29 years old when he attested for service in October 1915. At the time he was living in Napier and working as a butcher in Conway Street, Napier. When John attested for service he was unmarried but by the time he left in January  1916, he was married to Rose Adelaide Fanny Bleath.

John embarked from Wellington for Suez, Egypt with the New Zealand Rifle Brigade. He disembarked in Egypt in March 1916 before heading to France with the 4th Battalion in April. In November 1916 he was appointed Lance Corporal. John fought extensively in France and Belgium. His military records show that in April and May of 1917 he was admitted to hospital after spraining his ankle in the field. Then, after a period of leave in the United Kingdom in August 1917, John was killed in action at Ypres (Passchendaele), 11 September 1917.

His wife, Rose remarried in 1918 to Charles Hamilton Johnston.

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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.

Contact us
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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