Charles Vincent Monaghan

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First name: Charles

Middle name: Vincent

Last name: Monaghan

Personal information:

Charles Vincent Monaghan, a farmer of Nowra, New South Wales was born on 8 August 1884 at Mayfield, near Nowra. He enlisted in the Australian Army Medical Corps as a stretcher bearer on 15 July 1915, aged 30. He embarked from Sydney on board HMAT A26 Armadale, 21 March 1916, disembarked in Egypt on 23 April, and entrained for Tel el Kebir. With 3000 other men Monaghan landed at Marseilles on 16 May and Etaples on 21 May. He returned to Australia on the Beltana, 19 July 1919. A small photograph shows three men named as Andrews, Cartright and Monaghan

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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