Frank Middleton Hassall

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First name: Frank

Middle name: Middleton

Last name: Hassall

Personal information:

Frank Middleton Hassall, of Cootamundra, N.S.W. enlisted 21 Jan. 1915 aged 18 and served with the 17th Battalion, 5th Brigade in Gallipoli and France. He was killed in action in France, 6 June 1916

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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