Charles Briggs Hardy

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First name: Charles

Middle name: Briggs

Last name: Hardy

Personal information:

Private Charles Hardy, born at Dawes Point, Sydney in 1894 was a blacksmith???s assistant aged 21 when he enlisted as a Private in the 19th Battalion, 12 Feb. 1915. He embarked from Sydney on board HMAT Ceramic, 25 June 1915 and served at Gallipoli and in France, where he was wounded in the Battle of Fleurbaix in France. He was repatriated back to Australia on the Karoola, 16 Oct. 1916 and discharged on medical grounds in March 1917.

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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