Title / object name
Portrait of William Anderson and an unidentified woman
|Maker ||Role ||Date |
|Berry & Co ||photography studio ||1918 |
black and white glass negativeMaterials
photographic gelatin, silver, sheet glass, photographic plates
|180 (Height) x 163 (Length)|
half plate (1/2)Classification
black-and-white negatives, gelatin dry plate negatives, portraits
Purchased 1998 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds
William Anderson, serial number 80719
This studio portrait shows Rifleman William Anderson, service number 80719, with a woman standing behind him, probably his mother Mrs. Marion Anderson.
William was 20 years old when he attested for service in January 1918. At this time he lived in Westport and was a purser for the Union Steam Ship Company. His mother, Marion and father lived in Yale Road, Wellington. He had a brother George and sister Janet.
He embarked on the Tofua from Wellington, 22 May 1918 as part of the 42nd Reinforcements, C Company. Two months later while training at the Cannock Chase army camp in Staffordshire, England he died of pneumonia on 31 October 1918. William is buried at the Cannock Chase War Cemetery.I know who this is
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 email@example.com 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.