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Object: Portrait of Louis Wager

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Title Portrait of Louis Wager
Production Berry & Co (photography studio), about 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.046271

Louis Wager, service number 77744

This studio portrait shows Private Louis Wager.

Louis was 28 years old when he attested for service in March 1917. He had attested at an earlier date and been rejected due to chest trouble and flat feet. At the time of enlistment Louis was working as a 'Grocer's Traveller' for Sibun Ltd in Petone. He listed his mother, Martha Elizabeth Wager, as his next of kin, living at 278 Cuba Street.

It appears that his prior medical state coupled with contracting influenza and pneumonia in 1918 further hindered Louis' ability to serve and he was discharged in 1919 following proceedings with the Medical Board.

In 1949, Lois married Jane Elizabeth Wickenden. For most of his life, he worked as a travelling salesman for Silbun Limited, a grocery supplies firm, situated in Petone. Louis died in 1965 in Wellington at the age of 76. He is buried in Karori Cemetery.

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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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