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Object: Copy of a portrait of Albert Lionel Bailey

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Title Copy of a portrait of Albert Lionel Bailey
Production Berry, William (copyist), 1915-1919, 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.045003

Portrait of Corporal Albert Lionel Bailey, service number 24/361 of the New Zealand Rifle Brigade. He is standing, in full marching kit, armed with a rifle and bayonet.

The photograph is a copy by the Berry studio of an original, which would have been taken, probably at Featherston or Trentham training camp, some time between 11 August and 1 September 1915, when Bailey held the rank of Temporary Corporal.

Albert Lionel Bailey was aged  21 and working as a solicitor's clerk in Napier when he enlisted in the New Zealand Rifle Brigade. He entered Trentham Military Camp for basic training on 31 May 1915 and was quickly promoted as a Temporary Corporal in 'B' Company of the Brigade's 2nd Battalion.  

On 9 October 1915, Sergeant Bailey embarked from Wellington for active service. He fought with the Brigade during the Somme battles and in November 1916 was 'mentioned in despatches' by the British commander, Field-Marshal Haig, 'for distinguished and gallant services and devotion to duty.' 

In May 1917, Sergeant Bailey was sent to Oxford for training as an officer and in July was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant Bailey. There was a need in New Zealand for battle-hardened instructors to train new recruits, so Lieutenant Bailey returned to Trentham Camp in November 1917.

On 2 May 1918, he sailed again from Wellington with the 36th Reinforcements, bound for England.  He stayed in England as an instructor, with a spell in hospital in July, and was promoted Lieutenant on  31 January 1919.  He returned to New Zealand where he was discharged from the N.Z.E.F. on 29 September 1919.

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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 berryboys@tepapa.govt.nz 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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