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  • Other titles
    • fez : [Arab] dress [WW1] (descriptive name)
    • Col. C Mackesy, Auckland Mounted Rifles [WW1] (associated name)
  • Description
    red fez with blue tassels
    [Turkish] fez, [WW1], red felt; one piece of felt in bucket shaped, twisted red tie at top attached to blue wool tassel; collected in Egypt and Palestine by Col. C Mackesy during or immediately after WW1.
  • Place
  • Other Number
    1929.195, U097.5, W1612
  • Accession number
    1929.195
  • Collection area
  • Item count
    1
  • Record richness
fez U097.5
fez U097.5

Artefact

  • Credit
    Collection of Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, 1929.195, U097.5, W1612.
  • Notes
    • Red fez with blue tassels [WW1]
      Collected during WW1 by Colonel Charles Ernest Randolph Mackesy CMG, CBE, DSO (1861-1925)

      Note: Fez headgear was issued to Turkish prisoners of war in British Camps

      Charles Mackesy, a married man with several children, volunteered for service on the outbreak of war and left New Zealand with the rank of Lieut. Colonel, as officer commanding the Auckland Mounted Rifles. After a brief period on Gallipoli he returned to Egypt to take charge of the New Zealand Mounted Rifle Brigade Base. On several occasions during the 1916-1918 Sinai-Palestine campaigns he commanded the Mounted Rifles. His services were honoured with the award of a Distinguished Service Order (DSO) and his appointment as Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in 1917. During late 1918 he served briefly as military governor of Salt and Amman, and stayed on for several months as advisor to the new Arab administration. In 1919 he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).

      Charles Mackesy returned to New Zealand in 1919 and resumed farming near Whangarei. He died of heart failure in 1925. His collection was shortly afterwards presented to the Museum by Mrs Mackesy.

      Three of his sons also served overseas during the war, and one, Harry Mackesy, was killed during the assault on Chunuk Bair in August 1915.

      see: http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/biographies/3m19/mackesy-charles-ernest-randolph5.
    • Red fez with blue tassels [WW1]
      Collected in Egypt and Palestine by Col. C Mackesy, Auckland Mounted Rifles, during or immediately after WW1
      Note: Fez headgear was issued to Turkish prisoners of war in British Camps
  • Event
    1914-1918
    WW1
    28 July 1914 – 11 November 1918
  • Person
  • Place
  • Subject category
  • Collection
  • Production
    (Middle East)Asia
    [1914-1920]
    World War 1, 1914-18, wars
  • Consists of
  • Dimensions
    • 0 - Whole height : 190mm
    • 0 - Whole diameter : 190mm
    • 0 - Whole length : 270mm
      (tassel)
  • Classification
    Chenhall Nomenclature (Nomenclature)
    › 03 Personal Artifacts (Category)
    › Clothing (Classification)
    › Headwear (Sub-classification)
    › Cap (Primary Term)
    › Fez (Secondary Term)
  • Record created
    12 August 2013

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