Henry Ernest Gissing

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First name: Henry

Middle name: Ernest

Last name: Gissing

Personal information:

Henry Ernest Gissing. a chemist, of Ashfield, N.S.W., served with the 1st Field Ambulance, Australian Army Medical Corps, Jan. 1915-Mar. 1916, when he was transferred to the 14th Field Ambulance. He was promoted to Corporal 31 May 1916 and Sergeant 18 June 1916. Private at enlistment, Warrant Officer (Class II) on NR.

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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