Fred Wills

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First name: Fred

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Last name: Wills

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Alfred Henry Wills was born in England and served for 2 1/2 years with the 3rd Queensland Mounted Infantry during the Boer War. He enlisted in the A.I.F. in Queensland at the age of 40 in Jan. 1916 and embarked from Brisbane on HMAT A46 Clan MacGillivray, 1 May 1916. He fought in France Dec. 1916-1917, was evacuated from Etaples in Jan. 1917, hospitalised for two weeks with malaria contracted in 1900, and invalided home 26 Sept. 1917 on HT Borda

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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