Frederick Sefton Delmer

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First name: Frederick

Middle name: Sefton

Last name: Delmer

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The outbreak of World War I largely ended Delmer's academic career. He declined to apply for German naturalisation and as an alien, suspected of being a spy, was interned at Ruhleben. He boosted morale among the predominantly British internees, founding the camp's Literary and Debating Society. Released in 1915, teaching positions were blocked to him. In 1917 he was repatriated to England, then he returned to the Continent as a correspondent for the London Daily Mail.

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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