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Object: Portrait of Harry Oliver Wilcox

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Title Portrait of Harry Oliver Wilcox
Production Berry & Co (photography studio), 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.044225

Harry Oliver Wilcox, service number 12/1526

This studio portrait shows Corporal Harry Oliver Wilcox, service number 12/1526.

Harry was 36 years old when he attested for service. He was originally from London but had been working in Rotorua as a labourer for A. Pearce.

He embarked on the 14 December 1914 as part of the 1st Battalion Auckland Regiment - New Zealand Division, 2nd Reinforcements. He fought in Gallipoli and was injured there on the 8 May 1915. After he was well enough he rejoined his unit in Egypt in December 1915 and later embarked for France in April 1916. He was killed in action, Armentieres, France 3 July 1916

Harry is buried at Cite Bon Jean Cemetery, Armentieres, France.

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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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