Photograph, Rifleman John Shankland; Campbell Studios; 1916; WW.2002.2188


Photograph, Rifleman John Shankland

About this object

This portrait photograph is of Rifleman John (Jack) Shankland of Tokanui. Jack left New Zealand on July 29, 1916 and never returned home.

Jack’s Death:

Though wounded at Passchendaele, Jack wasn’t killed until the Michael Offensive of 1918. On March 26, 1918, Jack’s unit was put on the front line to close a gap in the allied lines near Colincamps Village. They spent the following two days in heavy battle but by the 29th the fighting had lulled. It is during this lull, while standing in a trench with other soldiers, that Jack was shot by a sniper.

Jack’s Misfortune:

While there are many legends of soldiers being saved by their bible being keenly positioned in their top pocket over their heart, Jack was not so fortunate. The sniper bullet which killed Jack, tore straight through his wallet and bible.

The torn bible and the wallet with the bullet still lodged in it, were returned to Jack’s parents John Senior and Jane. Jack’s father died a mere two months after his son, leaving behind his grieving wife and other three adult children. Jack is buried at the Euston Road Cemetery in Colincamps, France, but, is remembered on his parent’s burial at the Quarry Hill Cemetery.

Both Jack’s bible and his wallet are also cared for by the Waikawa Museum.

Place Made

Oceania, New Zealand, South Island, Southland, Invercargill


Campbell Studios

Maker Role


Date Made


Inscription and Marks

Collection number on front of mount in black pen: 'WW.2011.2795'
On back of mount in pen: 'ORIGINAL JOHN SHANKLAND WW.2011-2795B STRONACHS BOAT (crossed out) Cord made out also for Te Anau Boat (crossed out)'.


h 229 mm x w 159 mm = Card mount
h 144 mm x w 98 mm = photograph



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Subject and Association Keywords

Military - World War One

Subject and Association Keywords

People and Families (including births, weddings, deaths)

Medium and Materials

organic, vegetal, processed material, paper, photographic paper
organic, vegetal, processed material, paper, card

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