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Object: Portrait of an unidentified Gunner of the New Zealand Field Artillery [inscribed Murray 12 cab]

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Title Portrait of an unidentified Gunner of the New Zealand Field Artillery [inscribed Murray 12 cab]
Production Berry & Co (photography studio), circa 1917, Wellington
Materials silver, photographic gelatin, sheet glass, 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.046694

Although the negative is damaged, the man depicted in this portrait  is clearly a Gunner in the New Zealand Field Artillery. His hat badge and buttons feature the artillery’s insignia, while his collar badges take the form of exploding shells. He also wears a Mounted Rifles bandolier. A pocketed belt for carrying ammunition, bandoliers were designed to be worn fastened over the shoulder, in order to keep the weight of the ammunition off the hips. This particular style was introduced in 1916.

A possible identification of this man is Gunner Harvey James Adam MURRAY, service number 42960.  Harvey Murray lived at Levin and  enlisted on 4 October 1916.  He embarked for overseas service with the Field Artillery on 26 April 1917. He survived the war, and died in Auckland on 16 February 1959.


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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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