Putting names to faces in mystery album

EASY RIDER: Tairawhiti Museum is seeking help to identify this man (pictured). The photo, thought to be taken in North Africa during World War 1, and the next photo in this gallery, are in an album brought into the museum by Margie and Robert Charteris.

He is an unknown New Zealand soldier of the Great War.

Eloise Wallace, director of Tairawhiti Museum, has an album of spectacular photographs of Egypt, and what appear to be scenes from Gallipoli, England and New Zealand.

But the soldier who appears in most of the pictures is a mystery man.

He seems to be a motorcycle-riding dispatch rider, but identifying him is proving to be a major challenge.

The collection of photographs show troops swimming, on ships, in the frontline, in Cairo, and the soldier, presumably on leave, in what looks like England.

There are family photographs and images of a homestead and the New Zealand countryside.

Margie and Robert Charteris have had the album since the death of Robert’s uncle Joe in the 1980s. They took it to the museum to see if staff could help with identifying the soldier.

Joe was too young to serve in the war and told his family the soldier in the album was not any of his brothers who served, including one who was killed in France.

There is no written information or signature in the album.

The Charteris family are originally from Dannevirke.

Some members of the family moved to the East Coast after World War 1.

Mrs Wallace thinks the soldier could be a relative, like a cousin.

She has not entirely given up her own investigations into identifying the soldier.

Photographic curator Dudley Meadows will blow up some of the photographs to try to identify the soldier’s unit from his cap badge.

From that point Mrs Wallace will use military records looking for a man who, like this mystery solder, wore glasses.

But in the meantime any public assistance would be appreciated.

He is an unknown New Zealand soldier of the Great War.

Eloise Wallace, director of Tairawhiti Museum, has an album of spectacular photographs of Egypt, and what appear to be scenes from Gallipoli, England and New Zealand.

But the soldier who appears in most of the pictures is a mystery man.

He seems to be a motorcycle-riding dispatch rider, but identifying him is proving to be a major challenge.

The collection of photographs show troops swimming, on ships, in the frontline, in Cairo, and the soldier, presumably on leave, in what looks like England.

There are family photographs and images of a homestead and the New Zealand countryside.

Margie and Robert Charteris have had the album since the death of Robert’s uncle Joe in the 1980s. They took it to the museum to see if staff could help with identifying the soldier.

Joe was too young to serve in the war and told his family the soldier in the album was not any of his brothers who served, including one who was killed in France.

There is no written information or signature in the album.

The Charteris family are originally from Dannevirke.

Some members of the family moved to the East Coast after World War 1.

Mrs Wallace thinks the soldier could be a relative, like a cousin.

She has not entirely given up her own investigations into identifying the soldier.

Photographic curator Dudley Meadows will blow up some of the photographs to try to identify the soldier’s unit from his cap badge.

From that point Mrs Wallace will use military records looking for a man who, like this mystery solder, wore glasses.

But in the meantime any public assistance would be appreciated.

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