Arthur Clyde Giles

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First name: Arthur

Middle name: Clyde

Last name: Giles

Personal information:

Rank Private on enlistment, Corporal on Nominal Roll; served with the 1st Battalion, 15th Reinforcement in Egypt before embarking for France 28 Mar. 1916. He attended the School of Instruction at Etaples 3 Aug. 1916, was wounded in action in France 18 Aug. 1916, hospitalised in England, wounded again 4 Oct. 1917 and returned to Australia in May 1919. Clyde Giles enlisted in the Australian Military Forces in Feb. 1942 but was discharged because of illness. His diary includes the period between 1914 and 1915 when he was steward aboad the New Zealand passenger ship Maunganui.
His brother John Albert Giles also served in the A.I.F., with the 53rd Battalion, 14th Brigade

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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