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Object: Portrait of William Henry Bates

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Title Portrait of William Henry Bates
Production Berry & Co, 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.045014

William Henry Bates,  service number 3/1368

William Henry Bates was 26 years old when he enlisted  for military service at Trentham on 7 September  1915. He stated his occupation as 'Draper's Assistant' and was working for the Defence Department at Awapuni Camp, near Palmerston North. His parents lived in Eastbourne, England.

William joined the New Zealand Medical Corps on enlistment .  His file records that he was discharged from the Corps on 30 October for the offence of arriving late at Trentham Camp,  however he  embarked on the Hospital Ship  'Marama' on 4 December 1915.  He returned to New Zealand in November 1916.  On 30 November he was granted leave without pay until 20 August 1917, and a note on his file records that during this period 'he was not performing any miltary duties.' 

On 8 December 1917 he was discharged  as  'no longer physically fit for war-service due to a 'pre-enlistment disability' that was aggravated by active service.'   His 'disability' was recorded in the report of a Medical Board which examined him on 5 December as 'Hypochondriasis',  an anxiety disorder about one's health.   At the time of his discharge he was a patient at Waikato Sanatorium, near Cambridge.

However, William was to live a long life, until he died at Wanganui  in 1975.

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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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