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Predicate Object 15 Aug 2001 2001-08-15T00:00:00.000Z 2001-08-15T00:00:00.000Z 2001.25.1142 Collection of Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 2001.25.1142 Brent Mackrell Collection 2006-07-11T00:00:00.000Z 1 2020-12-21T08:53:46.135Z 70 medical services/wars leather suitcase used by 15/10 Col. William J Will, NZ Medical Corps, WW1 description: small leather suitcase: marked: COLONEL W J WILL / NEW ZEALAND MEDICAL CORPS William Johnston Will was born in East Taieri, Otago, 30.11.1858, son of Rev. W. Will; educated East Taieri Public School, University of Otago, Edinburgh University; graduated from Edinburgh University in 1884 and entered practise in Green Island District Military service: joined East Taieri Rifle Volunteers in 1878 and continued involvement with NZ Volunteer Forces in role as surgeon through to WW1; in 1898 became surgeon-major on staff 1st Battalion Otago Rifle Volunteers; in WW1 served with main body as Assistant Director of Medical Services until invalided out in September 1918; also had a long association with the St John's Ambulance Association; was chairman of the Dunedin Centre of St John's Ambulance; received St John's Ambulance Medal for distinguished Service in Ambulance work; became Knight of Grace of the Order of St John of Jerusalem. [ref: Who's Who 1908 & 1925] leather suitcase used by 15/10 Col. William J Will, NZ Medical Corps, WW1 small brown leather suitcase with metal locks and handle fittings, leather handgrip and leather reinforcing on corners (attached with copper rivets), leather lining, flat lid stitched to case along one edge and attached with leather straps inside case, suitcase has rounded brass studs on narrow base (opposite handle) and on flat base (opposite lid), two locks either side of handle, gold lettering on lid: COLONEL W.J. WILL / NEW ZEALAND MEDICAL CORPS, paper luggage labels on lid and on side (x2, remnants only), address label on left hand side: M BROOKFIELD / 55 EVANS ST / TIMARU / Sept 1951, locks marked: SECURE LEVER suitcase
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