Eugene Sullivan

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First name: Eugene

Middle name:

Last name: Sullivan

Personal information:

Eugene Sullivan, a law clerk of Holsworthy, Sydney was born in Lismore, New South Wales. He enlisted at the age of 23 in the Infantry October 27, 1915 in C Company, 9th Battalion, AIF. He embarked from Sydney on board HMAT A74 Marathon on 4 May 1916 and served with the Australian Army Medical Corps, 9th Field Ambulance attached to 33rd Battalion in France and Belgium. He was hospitalised in France, July 1917 and died of wounds received in action in Belgium, 17 October 1917.

The letters were donated to the Library by Eugene’s parents, Mr & Mrs Sullivan in 1920.

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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