Benjamin Harris

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First name: Benjamin

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Last name: Harris

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Corporal Benjamin Harris, seaman of North Fitzroy, Vic., enlisted in the Australian Imperial Forces on 3 May 1915 and embarked on HMAT A11 'Ascanius' from Melbourne, 10 Nov. 1915. He served in the 8th Field Ambulance in the Canal Zone, Egypt to June 1916 and in France and Belgium to 30 Jan. 1916, as cook and stretcher bearer.

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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