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The Berry Boys


About The Berry Boys

Watch this unique New Zealand documentary of soldiers involved in World War One and their stories on TV ONE

Watch the moving documentary The Berry Boys on TV ONE, which tells the stories of soldiers who fought in World War One

About The Berry Boys:

During World War One, Wellington photographer William Berry took photographs of soldiers before they were shipped away to war to fight for king and empire.

100 years later a box of glass-plate negatives was found walled up in an attic at 147 Cuba Street, featuring these then unidentified WWI soldiers and their loved ones. With the help of Te Papa and the public, some of these soldiers have now been identified and their stories are being remembered.  

Out of 103,000 New Zealand men that were sent to fight, only half returned safely. While some came home maimed and scarred; the rest were lost to graves in foreign lands.

The Berry Boys documentary captures some of these soldiers personal stories of their time at War and tells of their families sacrifice and heartache at losing their men to a battle fought 12000 miles away from home.

Stories such as that of newly married couple John and Maud Taylor who were separated by war; the story of Private James Arthur Juno who endured Somme, Messines and Passchendaele; or the story of Rifleman Jack Langley Braddock, a 21 year old enlistee who survived the great push at Passchendaele, only to die of spinal meningitis shortly thereafter.

These are the lesser known stories of the War; the personal details of the everyday man and his family. 

Using a unique style to effectively tell the stories of The Berry Boys , history is brought to life. Present day relatives tell the intimate details of the life of their ancestors. A variety of hot, young musicians; Benny Tipene, Rei, Louis Baker and Estère, provide a slick contemporary soundtrack, composed by Black Seeds frontman Barnaby Weir, to bring out the deeper emotion in the stories.

Bold, graphic-novel style animatic illustrations depict events of which there is no footage. This style brings these stories into the modern day and gives them new life, allowing the audience to remember and therefore honour the sacrifice New Zealand made during World War One.