Claude Stanley Smith

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First name: Claude

Middle name: Stanley

Last name: Smith

Personal information:

Private C.S.K. Smith of Petersham, New South Wales, embarked with the First Expeditionary Force from Sydney, New South Wales on 18 Oct (Afric). 1914. He served in Gallipoli with 1st Infantry Brigade, 26 Apr. 1915, was wounded on 9 Aug. 1915, and hospitalised with influenza in England. Lance Corporal on NR

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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