Donald Percival Wells

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First name: Donald

Middle name: Percival

Last name: Wells

Personal information:

Donald Percival Wells, cashier of Tighes' Hill, Newcastle, New South Wales, enlisted at the age of 20 on 4 Sept. 1915 and embarked from Sydney with the 30th Battalion on HMAT A35 Berrima, 17 Dec. 1915. He was promoted to Captain 19 Aug. 1916. He was wounded and captured at Bullecourt, France, on 11 April 1917 and admitted to hospital at Karlsruhe, Germany. He was a prisoner of war at Freiburg camp in Germany until he was sent to Switzerland 26 Dec. 1917. Captain Wells was repatriated to England on 14 June 1918 and embarked to return to Australia on 23 Sept. 1918. SN NX70640. Rank on enlistment is Lieutenant, Captain 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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