Title / object name
Portrait of Harry Spire Powell
|Maker ||Role ||Date |
|Berry & Co ||photography studio ||about 1917 |
black and white glass negativeMaterials
photographic gelatin, sheet glass, silver, photographic plates
|180 (Height) x 163 (Length)|
half plate (1/2)Classification
portraits, black-and-white negatives, gelatin dry plate negatives
Purchased 1998 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds
Harry Spire Powell, service number 50519
This studio portrait shows Lance-Bombardier Harry Spire Powell, service number 50519
Harry was a farmer in Reikorangi near Waikanae prior to the war, but he was born in Wiltshire, England.
He departed from Wellington on 13 August 1917 on the troopship 'Mokoia' with the 29th Reinforcements, New Zealand Field Artillery. On the voyage Harry was injured while on parade. He slipped and twisted his knee causing an internal derangement to the left knee. He spend three days in hospital and was left with an injury that meant he was unable to walk without pain. Harry was eventually discharged because of his knee injury after spending several months in training in England. He returned to New Zealand in November 1918.
Harry died in Levin on 12 February 1955. 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 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.