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Object: Portrait of Francis Edward Beaufort

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Title Portrait of Francis Edward Beaufort
Production Berry & Co (photography studio), 1917, 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.045050

Private Francis Edward Beaufort, service number 41720

 Francis Beaufort  was 29 years old when he attested for military service on 23 October 1916. At this time he lived in Pahiatua and worked as a storeman for the Wairarapa Farmers' Co-operative Association in Pahiatua.

Francis entered training camp on 2 January 1917 and embarked from Welllington with the 23rd Reinforcements on 14 March 1917. He arrived in Devonport, England on  21 May 1917 and was based at the  training camp at Sling  until he was sent to France on 22 June 1917.   He joined the 7th Company, 1st Battalion, Wellington Regiment and fought with them at Passchendaele.  On 31 October, 1917 he was awarded the Military Medal for his gallantry in that battle.

In March 1918 Francis was wounded and transported to hospital in England.

He returned to New Zealand   on 23 June 1919. On 31 March 1920, at Carterton, Francis married Margaret Sutherland Grant. They  had a son, Digby James Beaufort who in World War II  served  with the 25th Infantry Batallion and was killed in action in Italy on 11 April 1945. 

Francis died  on 26 June  in 1930 aged only 43.

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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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