Name/TitlePhotograph [Rifleman Oliver Gibson Scott]
About this objectA black and white portrait of Rifleman Oliver Gibson Scott (23264) of Ferndale.
A farmer prior to enlisting, Oliver arrived in the United Kingdom on the 27th of July 1916, where he was posted to the 1st battalion, 3rd New Zealand Rifle Brigade. By the end of September he was on the front lines of the Western front. He had a spell at the field ambulance,suffering from influenza,before rejoining his unit.He would have participated in the battle of Messines in July 1917 and in September 1917 he was granted leave to the United Kingdom.He arrived back just in time for the battle of Passchendaele. On the 12th of October 1917 he was wounded from a gun shot wound to the face.
Oliver was then declared medically unfit at Etaples camp hospital,and sent to the United Kingdom,and embarked for New Zealand in February 1918. On arrival home he continued to have hospital care for bronchitis which was caused when he was gassed, presumably the same time he was wounded.
He died at Otautau, Southland on the 13th of August 1960 and is buried in the Gore cemetery. His next of kin was his nephew, Mr A. G. McKay.
Up until September 2018 we did not know this soldiers' identity. This was remedied when Iain Davidson a contributor to the Onward Project identified Rifleman Scott from a pictorial in the Otago Witness and made the connection to this photograph in our Collection. Thanks Iain, your help reinforces the value of having our collection online.
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Place MadeNew Zealand, South Island, Southland, Gore
MakerMora Studio, The (Gore)
Formatphotograph, black and white
Medium and Materialsprocessed material, paper
Inscription and MarksEmbossed on mounting is photographers mark and a crest.
Measurementsh 260mm x w 132mm
Subject and Association Keywordsclothing/fashion/costume/dress
Subject and Association Keywordsmilitary
Subject and Association Keywordspeople
Credit LineFrom the collection of the Mataura and Districts Historical Society Incorporated.