Edgar Bainton

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First name: Edgar

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Last name: Bainton

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While visiting Germany for the Bayreuth music festival in 1914, Edgar Bainton was caught by the outbreak of war and interned in Ruhleben civilian detention camp near Berlin with other musicians (including Ernest MacMillan, Edward Clark, Percy Hull and Arthur Benjamin). He organized a madrigal society known as 'Bainton's Magpies', conducted an orchestra, played piano concertos, lectured on musical and literary subjects, and composed vigorously. In 1918 he was invalided to The Hague before resuming his position at Newcastle in England.

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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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