Gordon Colin Cooper

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First name: Gordon

Middle name: Colin

Last name: Cooper

Personal information:

G. C. Cooper, of Osterley, Inverell, N.S.W. enlisted on 27 Aug. 1914 aged 21, describing his occupation as Colonial Experience. He embarked for Egypt on board HMAT A16 Star of Victoria, 20 Oct. 1914 and served with the Machine Gun Section 1st Australian Light Horse Anzac Mounted Division in Gallipoli, May-Sept. and Nov. 1915, evacuating on 19 Dec. 1915 and in Egypt and Palestine 1916-1917. He returned to Australia on HMAT Devon arriving in Australia on 24 November 1918

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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