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Predicate Object 15 Aug 2001 2001-08-15T00:00:00.000Z 2001-08-15T00:00:00.000Z 2001.25.1145 Collection of Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 2001.25.1145 Brent Mackrell Collection 2006-07-11T00:00:00.000Z 1 2020-12-16T02:44:21.325Z 55 medical services/wars metal medical case & canvas satchel that belonged to Col. William J Will, NZ Medical Corps, WW1 description: metal case; dark green/grey metal; named on lid: 'COLONEL WILL / New Zealand Medical Corps'; with canvas satchel marked WJ WILL; tan canvas with leather binding & straps 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] metal case and canvas bag that belonged to Col. William J Will, NZ Medical Corps, WW1 metal case: dark green/grey painted metal with gold-painted stripe around base, lid attached by two metal hinges at rear and hasp latch at front, contains two removable metal trays, box divided into 4 compartments, one with hinged lid, interior painted blue/grey, two hinged metal wire handles, one at each end, key attached to latch with string, painted in white on lid: 'COLONEL WILL / New Zealand Medical Corps' canvas bag: tan-coloured, one piece, top opening canvas satchel with brown leather binding sewn around seam, two brown perforated leather belt straps with metal buckles secure lid, interior lined with green silk, two compartments, two small leather tabs at top, one missing, marked outside front face: W.d.Will, marked on outside base: Lt. Col. Will. VD. MD, inside base of lid: W.D. WILL case, medical kit
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