Britomarte James

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First name: Britomarte

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Last name: James

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Mrs B. James of Melbourne Victoria, mother of two sons in the Australian army went to England 27 Sept. 1916 when her eldest son was wounded. There she joined the Women's Army Auxilliary Corps on its formation, and was a Unit Administrator in Nottingham, England and Boulogne in France

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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