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Soldier, World War I

Portrait of David Simpson with an unidentified woman and unidentified baby
Portrait of David Simpson with an unidentified woman and unidentified baby 1914-1919, Berry & Co (1901–1931), Wellington. Purchased 1998 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. Te Papa

Many New Zealand soldiers had studio portraits taken before they left for World War I. They would have given these to relatives and loved ones as mementoes.

Some photos would later be poignant and precious reminders of men who died overseas but whose bodies were never recovered.



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