Object: Portrait of William Anderson
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|Title||Portrait of William Anderson|
Berry & Co, 1918, Wellington
|Materials||photographic gelatin, sheet glass, silver, photographic plates|
|Classification||studio portraits, 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|
William Anderson, service number 80719
This studio portrait shows Rifleman William Anderson, New Zealand Rifle Brigade, service number 80719. The photograph was taken by Berry & Co. photographers in Wellington, a well-known studio in Cuba Street established in 1897 by William Berry. Many servicemen had their photos taken while on leave or before they left to fight in World War One.
William was 20 years old when he attested for service in January 1918. At this time he lived in Westport and was a purser for the Union Steam Ship Company. His mother, Marion and father lived in Yale Road, Wellington. He had a brother George and sister Janet.
He embarked on the Tofua from Wellington, 22 May 1918 as part of the 42nd Reinforcements, C Company. Two months later while training at the Cannock Chase army camp in Staffordshire, England he died of pneumonia on 31 October 1918. William is buried at the Cannock Chase War Cemetery.I know who this is
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Find additional information about this object at these sites
- Cenotaph Database, Auckland War Memorial Museum
- Archway, Archives New Zealand
- Evening Post, Volume XCVI, Issue 116, 12 November 1918; at Papers Past, National Library of New Zealand
- The New Zealand Rifle Brigade at Cannock Chase, Staffordshire County Council website
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