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Object: Portrait of Arthur Chote

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Title Portrait of Arthur Chote
Production Berry & Co (photography studio), 1917, 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.044033

Portrait of Private Arthur Chote, service number 52952, 27th Reinforcements, NZEF.

The man shown here is Private  Arthur Chote, service number 52952.  Arthur was born in Wellington on 1 September 1886, and when he enlisted at Woodville on 21 March 1917 was a self-employed dairy farmer.

He entered training camp on 12 April 1917, joining 'B' Company of the 28th Reinforcements. On 28 April he was transferred to 'F' Company of the 27th Reinforcements and embarked with them from Wellington on 16 July.

Arthur disembarked at Liverpool on 16 September and marched into Sling Camp the  same day. He trained with the Canterbury Infantry Regiment's 4th Reserve Battalion, was in hospital at Tidworth from 14 to 22 November, when he returned to Sling. He was sent to Etaples in France on 5 December,  and commenced active service with the 1st Battalion, Canterbury Infantry Regiment on 5 January.  Arthur was still on the strength of this unit on 28 August - a remarkable achievement given the intense fighting the Battalion was involved in during those months.

He went on leave to the United Kingdom  on 6 November 1918 and  was back with his unit on 26 November. He had  a spell of occupation duty with the Battalion in Germany, and  more  leave in the United Kingdom in February 1919.

Arthur embarked for the return voyage to New Zealand on 10 May 1919 and was discharged on 21 July 1919.  

Arthur returned to farming, in the Dannevirke area .  He never married, and in November 1938, after some years of failing health,  he was found dead on his farm at Kiritaki "in circumstances pointing to heart trouble".   He is buried in the Mangatera cemetery, near Dannevirke.

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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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