Geoffery Oswald Hawkins

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First name: Geoffery

Middle name: Oswald

Last name: Hawkins

Personal information:

Geoffrey Oswald Hawkins, a surveyor of Bendigo, Victoria enlisted in the A.I.F. on 1 March, 1915 aged 44. He embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on 23 July 1915 and served with the 28th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement in Egypt, France and Belgium. He was wounded in action Sept. 1916 and hospitalised with trench feet in Nov.-Dec. 1916. He left France for London 8 Dec. 1918 and was taken on the staff of War Records. From Sept. 1919-Apr. 1920 he was with the War Graves Commission in the Dardenelles

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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