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Object: Portrait of George Mackay Scott

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Title Portrait of George Mackay Scott
Production Berry & Co (photography studio), 1918, 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.045594

Full length view of a man in the uniform of a Rifleman in the New Zealand Rifle Brigade. On his right sleeve are three inverted chevrons, signifying that he has served overseas for three years.

The man depicted has been identified from information on his service record as George Mackay Scott, service number 24/273. George was born in 1896, and enlisted on 5 May 1915. His address on enlistment was c/- his mother, 24 Constable Street, Wellington.

He served in the NZ Rifle Brigade,  embarking from Wellington with the 2nd Battalion on 9 October 1915 and serving with the Brigade in Egypt and France in 1916 and 1917.  On 18 June 1916 he was admitted to a Casualty Clearing Station near the front line.

George was at the New Zealand Discharge Depot at Torquay, England from 24 July 1917.  On 1 February 1918 he embarked for New Zealand  classified as 'Permanently  Unfit'.

He was discharged from the NZEF on 15 April 1918 as   'No longer fit for War Service', the reason given being 'Goitre'.  

George married Emma Kate Gapper in 1920 and died at Levin in 1976.

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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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