Possibly Alfred Charles or Harry James Popham

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Circa 1915
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Two sons of Benjamin and Isabel Popham, of Hamilton, served in World War 1. Both were born in County Cork, Ireland, before the family emigrated to New Zealand. The elder, Alfred Charles, born in 1894, was a farmer. He enlisted as a Corporal in the New Zealand Rifle Brigade, and embarked with J Company (reinforcements) on 26 July 1917, aboard the Ulimaroa. He served on the Western Front, where he was wounded and invalided home. He died of his wounds on 11 December 1918, and is buried in the soldiers' area of Hamilton East Cemetery. The younger brother, Harry James, was born in 1900, and was also a farmer. He embarked on 27 July 1918, with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force 41st Reinforcements, B Company, also aboard the Ulimaroa. At the end of the war he returned to New Zealand, where he died in February 1931, aged 31. He also is buried in Hamilton East Cemetery. The young man pictured wears no rank insignia, but has the shoulder title of the New Zealand Rifle Brigade (more visible in another photograph of the same person), and the collar badges worn by many of the later reinforcements.The name etched into the glass plate negative is Popham.
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Henry Gaze
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