Studio portrait of 20178 Private (later Bombardier (Bdr)) Mervyn Napier Waller, of Hawthorn, Vic. ...

Units
Accession Number P07038.006
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Print silver gelatin
Maker Unknown
Place made Australia: Victoria
Date made 1915 - 1916
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

Studio portrait of 20178 Private (later Bombardier (Bdr)) Mervyn Napier Waller, of Hawthorn, Vic. He worked as an artist prior to enlisting on 31 August 1915. He played soprano cornet in the Royal Park band, before embarking on 20 May 1916 as a Bombardier with the 32nd Battery, 8th Field Artillery Brigade. On 13 September 1916 he was transferred to the 23rd Field Artillery Brigade, and was taken on strength of the 11th Field Artillery Brigade on 11 April 1917. On 12 May 1917, while serving with 111 Howitzer Battery, he was wounded in the shoulder by high explosive at Bullecourt. His right arm was amputated as a result of this injury, and he returned to Australia on 1 November 1917 and was discharged on 8 February 1918. After the war he resumed work as an artist, working under the name Napier Waller. From 1952 to 1958 he designed and completed the mosaics and stained glass windows which decorate the Hall of Memory at the Australian War Memorial. He died on 30 March 1972 at Ivanhoe, Vic.