Button, Military; Hobson & Son, London; 1910-1918; 1533.4


Button, Military

About this object

Edith and George Pinckney’s first born son, John William (Jack) Pinckney, went away to war in 1914 to attend Clare College, Cambridge but as the 'Great war' started that year he joined up with the King Edward’s Horse Cavalry Regiment instead.

He trained in the South of Ireland – his horse riding ability soon saw him promoted to Lieutenant and shortly thereafter he was sent to France.

Jack never came home. Originally reported as missing in action in 1918 nothing more was heard of him until 1927. His former commanding officer received word that his remains had been found at the entrance to a cellar, beneath the bridge he fought to save at the place of the last battle that he fought in – the ‘Battle of Vieille Chapelle’.

Jack fought and died ‘un-mounted’ in a war torn wasteland - so different to the beautiful Glenaray Station, Waikaia where he had ridden as a boy.

His body was identified by his officers’ buttons which were still in place.

This small corroded tunic button was brought home by family members who travelled to France to see where he died and where he was buried.


Hobson & Son, London

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Place Made

Europe, United Kingdom, England, Greater London

Medium and Materials

processed material, metal, alloy, copper alloy, brass


h 8 mm x diam 25 mm

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From the collection of Switzers Museum (Waikaia) Inc.

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