Object: Portrait of Arthur Gamon, Amy Gamon and their daughter Kathleen Gamon
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|Title||Portrait of Arthur Gamon, Amy Gamon and their daughter Kathleen Gamon|
Berry & Co (photography studio), 1918-1919, Wellington
|Medium summary||black and white glass negative|
|Materials||photographic gelatin, sheet glass, silver, photographic plates|
|Classification||group portraits, black-and-white negatives, gelatin dry plate negatives|
|Format||half plate (1/2)|
|Credit line||Purchased 1998 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds|
Arthur Gamon, service number 86241
This family portrait shows Private Arthur Gamon of the New Zealand Medical Corps, his wife Amy (nee Carr) and their daughter Kathleen.
Arthur was born in Cheshire, England in 1880 where he lived until 5 December 1912 when he boarded a ship at London bound for Wellington. He emigrated with his brother Harold who would enlist with the NZEF in 1915 and serve overseas with the Otago Infantry Battalion.
Arthur had worked as a Grocer's Assistant in England, and continued in the same occupation in Wellington. He married Amy Carr on 2 December 1914 and their daughter Kathleen was born on 20 June 1916.
Arthur attested for military service on 10 May 1918 and joined 'C' Company of the 45th Reinforcements in training camp on 15 August. On his attestation form he had stated his preference to serve with the 'Ambulance', and on 28 August he was transferred to the Medical Corps for training at Awapuni Camp near Palmerston North. On 12 September he was sent to Wellington, assigned to the staff of the Deputy Assistant Director of Medical Services. On 19 February 1919 he was transferred again, to serve with the Medical Corps at Featherston Camp until 2 March, when he was granted unpaid leave pending his demobilisation.
Arthur went back to his civilian life as a grocer, and died in Wellington on 19 January 1963. Amy died on 24 December 1935, aged 53 and Kathleen, who had married Arthur Hargreaves in 1939, died on 13 June 2003.
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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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