Name/TitleJacket, Army Dress
About this objectArmy dress jacket; dress jacket for a World War One Sergeant Major. Complete with medal ribbons, two 'NZ STAFF' brass epaulette badges and epaulette lanyard, coat-of-arms badge on and stripes on sleeve. All brass buttons present. Leather belt and over-the-shoulder strap with pouch at waist.
Belonged to Sergeant Major Georgia Francisco Almond Sargeant, of Owaka, who fought in World War One.
Sargeant enlisted in the New Zealand Expiditionary Force, at about the age of 40, after spending many years in the British Armed Forces. He landed at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915, as 8/126 with the Otago Infantry Batallion, and was evacuated wounded on 8th May. In the few days he was there, he had been hit a number of times – in a waist belt carrying a watch, in a money belt and most importantly in a New Testament bible in his breast pocket, which saved his life. Sargeant was discharged in 1916 as medically unfit, and was awarded the New Zealand Meritorious Service Medal.
The family lived in Royal Terrace, Owaka, and after he returned from Gallipoli he returned to his old trade repairing boots and shoes.
Medium and Materialsprocessed material, textile; processed material, metal, copper alloy, brass; processed material, leather.
Measurementsl 755mm (shoulder to hem) x w 470mm (shoulder to shoulder)
Subject and Association Keywordsmodern history, 20th century, World War I (1914-1918)
Subject and Association Keywordsmilitary science, war
Subject and Association Keywordsmilitary science, maintenance and transportation, clothing and equipment
Credit LineFrom the collection of Owaka Museum Wahi Kahuika The Meeting Place "a rest on your journey"