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Object: Portrait of Richard Battersby and Gladys Battersby

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Title Portrait of Richard Battersby and Gladys Battersby
Production Berry & Co (photography studio), 1917-1918, 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.045963

Richard Weir Battersby and Gladys Battersby.

This studio portrait shows Corporal Richard Weir Battersby, service number 63539 and his wife Gladys Francis Maude Battersby (nee Williamson) posing with a book. 

 Richard was almost 24 years old when he attested for service. Married to Gladys Frances Maud Williamson since 1915, they were living in Pitt Street, Wadestown, and he was employed as a clerk in the Railways Department. .  Richard embarked from Wellington with  the 43rd Reinforcements,  on 2 October 1918, arriving in England three weeks after the Armistice on 5 December 1918.

Richard remained in England until September 1919, when he left for New Zealand with 'Returning Draft No. 288' on the troopship 'Ionic', and disembarked at Wellington on 25 October.

Richard and Gladys  lived most of their long lives together in Wadestown, with many immediate family living nearby. Richard was involved in the Wadestown Chess Club and the Wadestown & Highland Park Mens' Club. The family was also involved in the Wadestown Horticultural Society - earlier named the Wadestown Cottage Garden and Beautifying Society. Richard and Gladys both lived until 1980. Richard was 86 years old when he died, Gladys was 88.

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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 berryboys@tepapa.govt.nz 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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