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Object: Portrait of John William Kaywood

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Title Portrait of John William Kaywood
Production Berry & Co (photography studio), 1915, 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
Registration number B.044926

John William Kaywood, service number 2/1799

This studio portrait shows Gunner John William Kaywood of the Royal New Zealand Artillery. 

John volunteered for service and enlisted at Trentham Camp on 19 April 1915, aged  22 years 4 months.  At the time of enlistment, John was working as a Plumber in Wellington for Taylor, Ramsey and Co.

John served for a total of 4 years and 50 days, just 85 of those days were in service in New Zealand with the rest being served overseas. John embarked from Wellington with the 5th Reinforcements on 13 June 1915, bound  for Egypt. 

John was on active service with the Field Artillery at Gallipoli from 13 August 1915 till evacuation and return to Egypt on 22 December.  He left Egypt with his unit on 7 April 1916  for service on the Western Front.   In February 1917 he was  wounded.

 In October 1918 he was promoted to Bombardier. In March of 1919, John embarked for New Zealand from Liverpool after almost 4 years service overseas.

 John married Olive Mary Ambridge at Auckland  on 27 December 1920. John passed away in 1972 at the age of 81 and Olive lived to be 98 years old. They are buried in the same plot at Kelvin Grove Cemetery and Crematorium in Palmerston North.


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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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