Eric Whettam

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First name: Eric

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Last name: Whettam

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Eric Whettam, station hand of Lewisham, N.S.W., enlisted Jan. 1915 as a trooper with 6th Light Horse Regiment, Australian Imperial Forces. He served in Egypt with the 1st Composite Cavalry Regiment, Western Frontier Force, Nov. 1915-Jan. 1916, with 15th Australian Field Artillery, 5th Division in France June 1916-Mar. 1917 and with 6th Australian Field Artillery Brigade in Flanders, Mar.-Oct. 1917. He was invalided in Oct. 1917 and returned to Australia in June 1918

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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