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Object: Copy of a portrait of William Darcy Davies

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Title Copy of a portrait of William Darcy Davies
Production Berry & Co (copyist), 1917-1918, Wellington
Materials photographic gelatin, sheet glass, silver, photographic plates
Classification studio portraits, portraits, black-and-white negatives, gelatin dry plate negatives, copy prints
Format half plate (1/2)
Credit line Purchased 1998 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds
Registration number B.046108

William Darcy Davies, service number 57045

This studio portrait shows Private William Darcy Davies, service number 57045.

William was 30 years old when he attested for service. He was working as a driver for Denhard Baking Co in Wellington.

He departed from Wellington on either the Mokoia or Ruahine on the 13 August 1917, in the 29th Reinforcements, F Company, Canterbury Infantry Regiment. He trained at the Sling Camp in England and then left for France in October 1917. He was killed in action in Havrincourt, France on the 29 September 1918.

The Battle of Havrincourt was a battle involving the British Third Army and the New Zealand Division, against German troops in the town of Havrincourt, France.

William is buried at Fifteen Ravine British Cemetery, Villers-Plouich, Nord, France.

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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 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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