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Predicate Object 1992.279 2015-05-13T00:00:00.000Z 1 2017-10-29T02:57:23.116Z 50 war art Embroidered picture of badge of 17th (Ruahine) Regiment. Made for his mother by 11/1942 Private AC Nicol, 1st Bn Wellington Regiment, NZEF. Probably made in 1918 at Oatlands Park hospital, a branch of No 2 NZ General Hospital, Walton-on-Thames. Reporter, Arthur Charles Nicol, single man, embarked with the Wellington Mounted Rifles on 13 November 1915. They sailed on the Tofua, Transport No. 36, and during the voyage produced ‘The Albatross’, which was claimed to be the first Diggers' newspaper to be edited, printed and published aboard a New Zealand troopship. Arthur Nicol was the printer. In March 1916, three months after landing at Suez Arthur Nicol was transferred to the New Zealand Field Ambulance and the following month embarked for France to serve on the Western Front. He then transferred to 1st Battalion Wellington Regiment (17th Company) in April 1918, and later that year was reported wounded (gassed) on 18.9.1918 and was admitted to 2nd NZ General Hospital, Walton-on-Thames, on 27.9.1918. He returned to NZ aboard the Oxfordshire, and was finally discharged on 2nd March 1919 as no longer physically fit for war service on account of illness contracted on active service (emphysema). He died in Auckland of illness on 7.8.1941. Embroidered picture of badge of 17th (Ruahine) Regt. Made for his mother by 11/1942 Private AC Nicol, 1st Bn Wellington Regiment cloth embroidered with regimental badge of the 17th (Ruahine) Regiment, a 5-pointed star flanked by fern fronds with 'RUAHINE' on scroll below; cloth edges are unhemmed; discolouration indicates that it has been framed in a window mount markings: handwritten in carbon pencil in top l.h. corner "Mother" Donor advised that the cloth was displayed in a square wooden frame with a circular window. A label that was attached just below the scroll is missing. The donor believes that this was a plywood label, with her father's name, A.C. Nicol, and the date the cloth was made. The paper backing from the label is still partly adhered to the cloth with a carbon pencil marking visible through the paper. picture, embroidered
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