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Object: Portrait of Percy Alfred Vincent

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Title Portrait of Percy Alfred Vincent
Production Berry, William (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.044670


Percy Alfred Vincent, service  number 12516

This studio portrait shows Private Percy Alfred Vincent of the 2nd Batallion, Wellington Regiment.  

Percy was a 41 year-old veteran of the South African War,  working as a labourer for the Public Works Department at Gisborne when he enlisted on 9 January 1916. He  embarked for overseas service with the 12th Reinforcements on 6 May 1916.

 At the time of embarkation Percy was single and listed his sister, Mrs Helen Humphreys, in Brighton, England as his next of kin.

Percy served with the Regiment  on the Western Front for two years,  from 23 September 1916 till 26 August 1918.  He had been hospitalised in October 1917 with a condition known as 'I.C.T.'  (Inflammation of Connecting Tissue' ) on his right hand and in July 1918 suffering from Myalgia (muscle pain arising from overstrain or injury). When  he returned to New Zealand and was discharged from the NZEF in January 1919, a note on his file stated that he was 'no longer fit for war service' and that he was 'prematurely aged', with an atrophied right arm.

Despite this,  Percy appears to have continued working as a labourer in the post-war years. By 1946 he had retired, and he died aged 73 at Auckland Hospital on 10 September 1948.

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