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

When he attested for military service in June 1915 William Bevan was twenty-nine years old and had been working as a labourer in the Wellington region.  He gave his next of kin as his sister, Lily Urquhart, who lived on Thorndon Quay.

William embarked from Wellington on 9 October 1915, bound for Egypt with the New Zealand Veterinary Corps.  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. Field Artillery.  William was wounded in action in June 1917.

When he had recovered he rejoined his unit in France to work as a driver of the teams of horses used to pull guns. On 14 March 1918 he was kicked  in the abdomen by a horse and was seriously injured and needed surgery following a ruptured jejunum (part of his small intestine) and internal haemorrhage. After undergoing surgery at Bethnal Green Hospital he was found 'unfit' by the medical board and returned to New Zealand in August 1918.

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