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Object: Copy of a portrait of William John Alfred Vetori

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Title Copy of a portrait of William John Alfred Vetori
Production Berry & Co (copyist), 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.046030

William John Alfred Vetori, service number 61850

This portrait, copied by the Berry studio from an original group portrait by an unknown photographer,  shows Private William John Alfred Vetori, service number 61850.

William was 24 years old when he attested for service on 14 June 1917.   He had been working as a glass beveller for Reid & Fenwick in Wellington.  He also had previous military experience as a volunteer in  the ‘City Rifles’ for 2 1/2 years and 3 years in the Reserves of the the 5th (Wellington Rifles) Regiment.  He  married  Armanella Walls on 23 August 1917 and their son William Samuel Alfred Vetori was born on 27 May 1918. 

William  embarked for service overseas on 16 November 1917 with  the 32nd  Reinforcements. He trained at Sling Camp in  England in January 1918 and then served with No 1 NZ Entrenching Battalion in France. William was severely unwell with tonsillitis and was admitted to hospital several times while he was away. He returned to NZ in May 1919.


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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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