Frederick Leonard Edmonds

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First name: Frederick

Middle name: Leonard

Last name: Edmonds

Personal information:

Frederick Leonard Edmonds, carpenter of Redfern, N.S.W., was born in England and lived in Sydney, serving four years in the Parramatta B Squad Light Horse before enlisting with A.I.F. 7th Field Company Engineers in Sept. 1915. He embarked from Sydney on board HMAT A23 Suffolk, 22 Dec. 1915 and served as driver in Egypt 1916-1917. Attached to Captain Frank Hurley, official photographer in Egypt and Sinai.

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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