Title / object name
Portrait of Lance Bridge and an unidentified soldier
|Maker ||Role ||Date |
|Berry & Co ||copyist ||1915-1916 |
photographic gelatin, sheet glass, silver, photographic plates
|180 (Height) x 163 (Length)|
half plate (1/2)Classification
studio portraits, portraits, black-and-white negatives, gelatin dry plate negatives
Purchased 1998 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds
Lance Bridge, service number 8/2255
This copy photograph shows Private Lance Bridge service number 8/2255. Lance is the soldier wearing his service cap, showing the badge of the 5th (Wellington Rifles) Regiment.The other soldier, wearing a tunic with collar badges of the New Zealand Rifle Brigade, may be Lance's brother Lionel Septimus Bridge (1885-1971), service number 26/46, who joined the 3rd Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade in September 1915. The photographs were copied by Berry & Company from original prints by other photographers.
Lance was 26 years old at the time he attested for service. Born in Wellington in 1888 he was working as a Clerk for the Dunlop Rubber Co., in Courtenay Place, Wellington.
Lance was first assigned to the ‘Samoan Advance Party’ based in Apia which embarked from Wellington on 15 August 1914. On the 17 April 1915 he left Wellington again for Egypt as part of the Otago Infantry, 4th Reinforcements.
Lance died of wounds obtained in action at Gallipoli. He was badly wounded when assisting his wounded comrades at Chunuk Bair in August 1915. He subsequently refused to be taken onto the hospital ship until others worse off than him were seen to (Hutchinson, p.55). 'He lay for two days in the hot sun, with only food or water given by passing soldiers' (Hutchinson, G., 'Pilgrimage - a Traveller's Guide to New Zealanders in Two World Wars, p.55). Eventually he was taken onboard the Hospital Ship 'Dongola' where he died on 13 August 1915. He was buried at sea.
Reference: Hutchinson, G. Pilgrimage - a New Zealand Traveller's Guide to New Zealanders in two World Wars. Penguin, 2012
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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.