WWI Soldiers from Andrew Martin Collection; P8560


WWI Soldiers from Andrew Martin Collection

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WWI Soldiers from Andrew Martin collection. Soldiers unidentified.
Photograph Top left seated: Andrew Martin's brother?

Andrew Martin was born 14 August 1892 and attended Otaio School before joining his father on the family farm, “The Grange” in Woolshed Valley Road, Otaio.
As part of compulsory military training Andrew was a territorial soldier with the 8th South Canterbury Mounted Rifles from his 18th birthday. Although Andrew’s training finished in June 1914, he was quick to volunteer for overseas service shortly after the outbreak of the Great War on August 13th, and he left New Zealand for Egypt on 16 October 1914.
He landed on Gallipoli in the first week of May 1915, and fought in the campaign until August when he was wounded in the ‘big push for Hill 971’. He was still able to walk and after a time of convalescence in England he returned to Egypt and the Mounted Rifles – just in time to help in the evacuation.
On 21st November 1917, during the Palestine campaign, Andrew was shot by a Turk. The bullet entered his left thigh, and lodged near the bottom of his spine. He was paralysed, and lay out in the open for two nights. When he was found, he was carried on the back of a camel to the rail head at Jaffa and then to hospital in Cairo. Army medics would not remove the bullet for fear of damage to the nervous system and that he may never walk again.
In early 1918 Andrew was commissioned to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. He had learned to walk again and was sent back to New Zealand on furlough. He was posted to Featherston in charge of the 44th Mounted Reinforcement. The war ended just before embarking for overseas again.
In the early part of the twentieth century, formal family portraits made up a large proportion of all family photography. The outbreak of war and the knowledge that the theatres of war were so far away contributed to the desire of New Zealanders to record their soon-to-be separated families. Men posed for the cameras before they departed and it also became increasingly common for soldiers on leave to commission studio portraits of themselves, sometimes taken with brothers or friends reunited on leave.

'In place of soldiers' bodies, the New Zealand public confronted their pre-war studio portraits, cropped and collected into rolls of honour. In the privacy of their homes, families used the photographs of soldiers as symbols of their absent bodies and as artefacts of mourning and memory.' (Ref. Sandy Callister,The Face of War)

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