Title / object name
Portrait of Harold John Batten
|Maker ||Role ||Date |
|Berry & Co ||photography studio ||1917 |
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
Harold John Batten, service number 44182
This studio portrait shows Lance Corporal Harold John Batten.
Harold was 24 years old when he commenced service on 5 January 1917. At this time he lived in Otaki and was a horse trainer and jockey.
He trained with the New Zealand Rifle Brigade and embarked on the troopship 'Pakeha' from Wellington on 26 April 1917 as part of 'G' Company, 24th Reinforcements. At Sling camp in England he re-joined the Rifle Brigade. Harold’s unit endured the terrible fighting at Passchendale in October 1917 where he was wounded by HE (High Explosive) shell on 12 October 1917. He received the wound to his lower left forearm. Batten was hospitalised and once he was well he returned to New Zealand in February and was later discharged on the 13 August 1918 due to his injury.
Harold married Bessie Olive Taylor in 1918 and had two children, Patricia and Ernest. He lived in Hamilton until the age of 61 and died on 1 April 1955.I know who this is
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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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