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Object: Doll, Soldier

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Title Doll, Soldier
Production Broad, Dorothy (maker/artist), 1914-1916, New Zealand
Medium summary Hand made from woollen yarn which has been tied, bound and knitted; with additional parts (made of metal, leather and paper), either hand sewn, embroidered or glued
Materials wool, paper, ink, metal, cotton, brass, leather
Classification dolls, effigies
Technique tying, gluing, hand sewing, embroidering, knitting, crocheting
Dimensions Overall: 300mm (Height)
Credit line Purchased 2009
Registration number GH016389

A handmade memorial

The maker of this doll, Dorothy Broad was engaged to Captain Thomas Wyville Leonard Rutherfurd (Service Number 6/718), of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (13th Reinforcements). Wyville, as he was known to friends and family, saw action in Gallipoli and France in the First World War. He received the Military Cross before dying from pneumonia in Tehran where he is buried in the British Military Cemetery.

Dorothy made a small woollen doll, complete with knitted khaki cap, breast pockets and epaulettes. According to a family story, Dorothy made the woollen doll to stand in for her sweetheart while he was away. The 'woollen 'Wyville' is embellished with the same unit cap badge as Wyville (the 13th Reinforcements), two military brass buttons and also wears a replica paper wristwatch.

Dorothy kept the doll as part of her collection of her fiance's returned effects, adding to her personal memorials to Wyville's memory. Dorothy lived to 1976, but never married.

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