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Object: Portrait of Percy Alfred Vincent

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Title Portrait of Percy Alfred Vincent
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.044672

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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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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