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Object: Portrait of Jack Langley Braddock

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Title Portrait of Jack Langley Braddock
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.044363

Jack Langley Braddock, service number 44439

This photograph shows Rifleman Jack Langley Braddock shortly before he left to serve on the Western Front in the First World War  (1914-1919). He is holding a pace stick in his left hand and a New Zealand Army 'lemon squeezer' hat in the other.

Jack was 21 years old when his name was drawn in the ballot for military service in  December 1916. At this time, he lived in the Wellington suburb of Melrose and was employed as an apprentice sign-writer at Smith &  Smith Ltd, located in Cuba Street.

He enlisted on 27 December and after basic training  embarked from Wellington on 5 April 1917. Two months later he arrived in England. On 6 July 1917, after four weeks' intensive  training at Sling Camp, Jack left for France in the 5th Reserve Battalion of the New Zealand Rifle Brigade. Later, he served in B Company, 1st Battalion of the 3rd New Zealand Rifle Brigade.

Jack Braddock's unit endured Passchendaele, in early October 1917. However, Jack did not survive the war. He died of Cerebro Spinal Meningitis on 5 December 1917. He was buried in Lijssenhoek Military Cemetery,  the second largest Commonwealth cemetery in Belgium. His service is commemorated, with that of 22 other former pupils and teachers,  on the memorial gates of  Kilbirnie School in Wellington.

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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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