Korean War

Page 9 – The Bob Jagger photographs

From 1951 to 1954 Gunner Bob Jagger served with Kayforce in Korea. During this time he took photographs on his box Brownie camera. A selection of these previously unpublished images are presented here, along with commentary provided by Bob.

Bob Jagger was brought up in rural Wairarapa where his father was a cheesemaker at Rongokako. He started his working life on a farm at 15 then moved on to a job in the Featherston Co-op Dairy Company where he worked as a cheesemaker, assisting in both butter- and cheesemaking, as it was a dual plant.

During the Second World War he served in the Home Guard in the Featherston area. In 1945, now old enough to enlist, he was all set to go to training camp when peace was declared.

Bob signed up for Korea in his mid-20s and served there for several years, enjoying the camaraderie and the sense of purpose. When he went to war, he packed a box Brownie in his kitbag. The resulting photos reflect the nature of a soldier’s daily life and work in the war zone of Korea. Bob’s recollections of the Korean War have emerged as he has chatted about the photos and shared his anecdotes in order to create the captions for the photos.

These and other images from the Bob Jagger collection are being collected together by Sue Corkill and will appear in Korea: a Kiwi Gunner's Story (Fern Publishing) later in 2013.

Images from the Bob Jagger photograph collection

Click on a thumbnail below to see the full image and commentary:

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'The Bob Jagger photographs', URL: https://nzhistory.govt.nz/war/korean-war/bob-jagger-photographs, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 15-Aug-2017