Augustine Emerson Tennent

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First name: Augustine

Middle name: Emerson

Last name: Tennent

Personal information:

Private Augustine Emerson Tennent, a New Zealander, enlisted in the A.I.F. at Bendigo, Victoria on 30 Sept. 1916. He trained at Lark Hill, England and was sent to France and Belgium on 13 May 1917. Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 25 October 1916. he was in 5th Battalion, 22nd Reinf. After the Armistice he was employed at the Australian General Base Depot at Le Havre, France until he was demobilised on 1 Oct. 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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