Alfred Henry Edwards

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First name: Alfred

Middle name: Henry

Last name: Edwards

Personal information:

Private Francis Joseph Brewer has taken down in shorthand the statement of Corporal Alfred Henry Edwards concerning the Battle of Mont St. Quentin. Corporal Edwards, born in Wales, was 19 years old when he enlisted on 1 November 1915 and embarked for overseas on 20 January 1916. He joined the 17th Battalion A.I.F. from Reinforcements on 15 June 1916. He arrived in France on 30 March 1917 where he spent most of the war and was wounded in action on 31 August 1918

Box 8 Item 17 – Hugh Venables Vernon miscellaneous papers, 1916-1919.
Handmade protection with steely look and stylish upper lip!

At first glance it is apparent that this garment would have been quite difficult to actually put on, due to the tight fit. Undoubtedly handcrafted by a loved one, it has been photographed in action by the  wearer, as intended. I particularly like the attention to detail on the moustache – possibly one of the few things that a man in his position had complete control over.
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