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Object: Portrait of William Anderson and an unidentified woman

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Title Portrait of William Anderson and an unidentified woman
Production Berry & Co (photography studio), 1918, Wellington
Medium summary black and white glass negative
Materials photographic gelatin, silver, sheet glass, photographic plates
Classification black-and-white negatives, gelatin dry plate negatives, portraits
Technique black-and-white photography
Format half plate (1/2)
Credit line Purchased 1998 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds
Registration number B.046696

William Anderson, service number 80719

This portrait shows Rifleman William Anderson, service number 80719, with a woman standing behind him, she is  probably his mother Mrs. Marion Anderson.

William was born in Glasgow, Scotland on 18 December 1897. He was  20 years old when he attested for service in January 1918. At this time he lived in Westport and worked as a purser for the Union Steam Ship Company. His mother, Marion and his father John Anderson  lived in Yale Road, Wellington. He had a brother George and sister Janet.

Although William attested for military service on 25 January 1918 he was granted four month's unpaid leave and did not actually enter training camp until 22 May. He had stated on his attestation form that he would have preferred to join the Artillery, but the Army posted him to C Company of the 41st Reinforcements to train as a Rifleman.

He embarked  from Wellington on 1 August 1918 and marched into the Rifle' Brigade's camp at Brocton, England on 4 October.  William joined the Brigade's 3rd Reserve Battalion for further training, but on 28 October he was admitted to Cannock Chase Military Hospital suffering from Influenza.  William died three days later, the cause of death being recorded  as 'Pneumonia', and he was buried at the Cannock Chase War Cemetery.  For many years following, William's 'sorrowing parents'  and siblings placed 'In Memoriam' notices in the Wellington newspapers on the anniversary of his death.


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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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