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Object: Portrait of Vernon Howard Brooks

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Title Portrait of Vernon Howard Brooks
Production Berry & Co (photography studio), 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.047215

Vernon Howard Brooks, serial number 76032

This studio portrait shows Corporal Vernon Howard Brooks, service number 76032. 

Vernon was 20 years old and working as an Electrical Engineer for G. L. Thorburn in Te Aroha when he attested for service in November 1917.

He embarked on the Remuera from Wellington on 5 June 1918 in the 38th Reinforcements, D Company.

He was based at Sling Camp in England in September 1918 at which point he was demoted to Lance Corporal. This was common practice for soldiers to be demoted once arriving in England. Vernon’s military record also notes that he relinquished his appointment as Lance Corporal on proceeding overseas - 16 November 1918.

Vernon marched into Etaples, France on the 19 November 1918 and joined 1st Battalion Auckland Regiment in the field. By this time the Armistice had already been signed. Vernon returned to New Zealand on S.S. Matatua 28 June 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 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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