Olive Lawry Oakley

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First name: Olive

Middle name: Lawry

Last name: Oakley

Personal information:

Olive (Ollie) Lawry Oakley nee Waterhouse, was married to Riddiford Colborne Oakley (Rid). She travelled to Egypt at her own expense and worked with the 21st General Hospital in Alexandria as a Voluntary Aid Detachment (V.A.D.), and after her husband's departure for France with the Y.M.C.A. in Cairo, signing for and receiving a numbered armlet stamped with the Red Cross badge. Her husband subsequently asked if she was entitled to the 1915 star and the victory medal, but was informed that only volunteers attached officially to organisations such as the Red Cross, Y.M.C.A. or the Comforts Fund were eligible for war medals.

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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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