James Ray Lewis

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First name: James

Middle name: Ray

Last name: Lewis

Personal information:

James Ray Lewis, farmer of Bogan Gate, New South Wales, embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides, 31 Oct. 1917 and served with the 17th Battalion in France. He was wounded in the attack on Mt. St. Quentin 31 Aug. 1918. After treatment in military hospitals in England he returned to Australia Feb. 1919 on the hospital ship Tokada, and was discharged 13 Mar. 1919

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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