Binoculars; [?]; [?]; CT07.4709



About this object

Binoculars; a small pair of black binoculars, with a long, leather carrying strap. One of the eyepieces is red, the other brown. These belonged to Sergeant Major Georgia Francisco Almond Sargeant, of Owaka, who fought in World War One.

Sargeant enlisted in the New Zealand Expiditionary Force, at about the age of 40, after spending many years in the British Armed Forces. He landed at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915, as 8/126 with the Otago Infantry Batallion, and was evacuated wounded on 8th May. In the few days he was there, he had been hit a number of times – in a waist belt carrying a watch, in a money belt and most importantly in a New Testament bible in his breast pocket, which saved his life. Sargeant was discharged in 1916 as medically unfit, and was awarded the New Zealand Meritorious Service Medal.

The family lived in Royal Terrace, Owaka, and after he returned from Gallipoli he returned to his old trade repairing boots and shoes.



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Medium and Materials

processed material, metal
processed material, leather




h 50mm x l 145mm x w 120mm

Subject and Association Keywords

military science, war

Subject and Association Keywords

modern history, 20th century, World War I (1914-1918)

Named Collection

Sargeant Collection

Credit Line

From the collection of Owaka Museum Wahi Kahuika The Meeting Place "a rest on your journey".

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