Looking at the Korean War – photos by Norman Pierson

There is a lot of gold in our digital collection. And here’s a new piece of burnished goodness – Korean War photographs by Norman Pierson.

This collection of photographs, slides and negatives was taken by Norman Pierson (207815) in 1951 to 1952 during his time in Korea with 163 Battalion New Zealand Artillery, E Troop. Norman Pierson was the Gun Sergeant in charge of the No. 3 Gun. There are battlefield photos, but also games of cards, shows, haircuts and trips to Japan. It’s a fascinating glimpse into a less well-known war.  As Norman said:

I left New Zealand with the first unit to go to Korea in December 1950 and turned 24 when on my way. In early 1951 one of our officers bought me back a camera from Japan and I recorded the life I was leading for Mum.

Here’s a selection:

Three sisters, Korea concert. Norman Oswald Pierson. 1951-1952. CCL-Pierson-CCL-PH-0004

Three sisters, Korea concert, Norman Oswald Pierson. 1951-1952. CCL-Pierson-CCL-PH-0004

Lunch while in the field, Norman Oswald Pierson. CCL-Pierson-CCL-PH-0011

Lunch while in the field, Norman Oswald Pierson. 1951-1952. CCL-Pierson-CCL-PH-0011

Getting my short back and sides. Norman Oswald Pierson. 1951-1952. CCL-Pierson-CCL-PH-0016

Getting my short back and sides. Norman Oswald Pierson. 1951-1952. CCL-Pierson-CCL-PH-0016

Kim at the concert with 303 rifle. Norman Oswald Pierson. 1951-1952. CCL-Pierson-CCL-PH-0034

Kim at the concert with 303 rifle. Norman Oswald Pierson. 1951-1952. CCL-Pierson-CCL-PH-0034

Cover of The Great leader Cover of The war that never ended Cover of Brothers at war Cover of Brave Company

Find more Korean War resources in our collection.

ANZAC Day, 1952

Anzac Day, 1952. Norman Pierson : Korean War photographs

Anzac Day, Korea, 1952. Norman Pierson : Korean War Photographs

We sighted the Southern Cross tonight

‘We sighted the Southern Cross tonight & the first time I’ve seen it since 1916’ – E.H. Aubrey, Soldier’s diary

‘On 1st May, 1941, I entered Burnham Military Camp, Pte. R.T. Street, 19088’ – Rewai Street : World War II letters, diaries and photographs

Sergeants Mess, Japan, on the way home. November 1952. Norman Pierson : Korean War Photographs

We have just added the following to our digital collection: