George Ernest Gower

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First name: George

Middle name: Ernest

Last name: Gower

Personal information:

Private G. Gower of Brisbane embarked at the age of 23 from Melbourne, Victoria, on Transport A40 Ceramic, 22 Dec. 1914. He served as a stretcher bearer with the 15th Battalion, Australian Army Medical Corps in Gallipoli 24 Apr. 1915-18 July 1915 and returned to to Australia 8 May 1916

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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