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Object: Portrait of William Charles Bevan

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Title Portrait of William Charles Bevan
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.045012

William Charles Bevan, service number 17/336

This studio portrait shows Private William Charles Bevan, service number 17/336, of the New Zealand Veterinary Corps. 

William was 29 years old at time he attested in June 1915. He had been working as a labourer in the Wellington region.

He embarked from Wellington on 9 October 1915, bound for Egypt. On 17 April 1916 he was transferred to the New Zealand Field Artillery to serve as a Gunner.  He was sent to England for training, and then to France on 17 October 1916 where  he joined the 13th Battery, N.Z. Divisional Artillery.  William was wounded in action in June 1917.

When he had recovered he rejoined his unit in France but on the 14 March 1918 he was kicked by a horse in the abdomen. He was seriously injured and needed surgery following a ruptured jejunum ( part of his small intestine)  and internal haemorrhage. He was found 'unfit' by the medical board and returned to New Zealand in August 1918.

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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.

Contact us
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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