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Object: Portrait of John Edgar Vaughan

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Title Portrait of John Edgar Vaughan
Production Berry & Co (photography studio), 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.044482


John Edgar Vaughan, service number 26344

This studio portrait shows Lance-corporal  John Edgar Vaughan, service number 26344, of 'C' Company, 17th Reinforcements, NZEF.

John was born in 1896 at Waimea South, Nelson. John embarked for the Great War on the 19th of January 1917 from Wellington aboard the Ulimaroa, bound for Plymouth. At the time he had been working as a farmer and was unmarried. John listed his father, A.H. Vaughan of Waitapu, Takaka, as his next-of-kin.

John fought in the 3rd Battle of Ypres, in and around Passchendaele. On 16 October 1917, during the New Zealand Division's offensive to secure the Abraham Heights he was wounded and gassed . Later he was also reported to have contracted diphtheria and in November 1918 he spent time recovering in Brockenhurst Hospital. He was transferred to the Convalescent Depot in Hornchurch, England on 15 January 1918.

After the war John lived at Waitapu in the Pupu Springs area of Takaka, Tasman Bay. He lived in the Takaka area all his life where he was a JP. He was married three times and had one son to his first wife Gladys Irene Rose who he married in 1926 at St Andrews Presbyterian church in Takaka. John died in 1987 aged 90 and was survived by his son and seven grandchildren.

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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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