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Predicate Object 15 Aug 2001 2001-08-15T00:00:00.000Z 2001-08-15T00:00:00.000Z 2001.25.1143 Collection of Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 2001.25.1143 Brent Mackrell Collection 2006-07-11T00:00:00.000Z 1 2020-12-21T13:19:23.832Z 55 medical services/wars kit-bag that belonged to 15/10 Col. William J Will, NZ Medical Corps, WW1 description: canvas with brass eyelets at upper edge; rust coloured; marked on side: Colonel Will / N.Z. Medical Corps; over-marked: Lt M Brookfield / N.Z.M.C. 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] kit-bag that belonged to 15/10 Col. William J Will, NZ Medical Corps, WW1 kit bag, rust-coloured canvas, long and thin, eight brass eyelets at upper edge, concentric circles reinforced stitching to base, printed to side: Colonel Will / N.Z. Medical Corps, hand-written to side: Lt M Brookfield / N.Z.M.C. kitbag
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