Clarence Hansby Read

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First name: Clarence

Middle name: Hansby

Last name: Read

Personal information:

Lieutenant C. H. Read, of Bellevue Hill, Sydney enlisted in the Royal Australian Naval Reserve on 11 Aug. 1914, for service in the tropics with the combined naval and military expedition, raised for a term of six months. He sailed on H.M.A.S. Berrima, 19 Aug. 1914 for New Guinea, returning to Sydney 18 Feb. 1915

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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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