Edwin John Martin

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First name: Edwin

Middle name: John

Last name: Martin

Personal information:

Private E. J. Martin of McMahons Point, Sydney was a journalist who enlisted at Goulburn, N.S.W. on 16 May 1916, aged 44. He served in the 20th Battalion, 5th Brigade, 2nd Division, A.I.F. (56th Battalion, 7th Reinf on AIF)

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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