Martin Collection: WWI Officer's Uniform - Tunic (Jacket); 2014-049-001


Martin Collection: WWI Officer's Uniform - Tunic (Jacket)

About this object

WWI Officer's Tunic belonging to Andrew Martin. (WWI, 2nd Lieutenant, Canterbury Mounted Rifles 7/90)
Andrew Martin was born 14 August 1892 and attended Otaio School before joining his father on the family farm, “The Grange” in Woolshed Valley Road, Otaio.
As part of compulsory military training Andrew was a territorial soldier with the 8th South Canterbury Mounted Rifles from his 18th birthday. Although Andrew’s training finished in June 1914, he was quick to volunteer for overseas service shortly after the outbreak of the Great War on August 13th, and he left New Zealand for Egypt on 16 October 1914.
He landed on Gallipoli in the first week of May 1915, and fought in the campaign until August when he was wounded in the ‘big push for Hill 971’. He was still able to walk and after a time of convalescence in England he returned to Egypt and the Mounted Rifles – just in time to help in the evacuation.
On 21st November 1917, during the Palestine campaign, Andrew was shot by a Turk. The bullet entered his left thigh, and lodged near the bottom of his spine. He was paralysed, and lay out in the open for two nights. When he was found, he was carried on the back of a camel to the rail head at Jaffa and then to hospital in Cairo. Army medics would not remove the bullet for fear of damage to the nervous system and that he may never walk again.
In early 1918 Andrew was commissioned to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. He had learned to walk again and was sent back to New Zealand on furlough. He was posted to Featherston in charge of the 44th Mounted Reinforcement. The war ended just before embarking for overseas again.

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Medium and Materials

The tunic is made from khaki twill with a khaki lining. There are two front breast pockets and two lower pockets.
Four large brass buttons on the front opening and six smaller brass buttons on the four pockets and on the two epaulettes.
The buttons have four stars (Southern Cross) and the words New Zealand Forces embossed on them.
The brass badge on the right epaulette is embossed with NZMR. The brass badge on the left side of the collar is embossed with a bird sitting on a crown.
Braiding on the sleeve cuffs with embroidered pips.
Left cuff has an embroidered badge. Right cuff has an embroidered chevron badge of four stripes of blue and one stripe of red. Evidence of badges that have been removed, either brass or embroidered.
There are two brass belt holders on either side of the tunic.


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