Henry George Parkes

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First name: Henry

Middle name: George

Last name: Parkes

Personal information:

Henry George Parkes, a coachtrimmer of Enfield, New South Wales was born in Monaro and enlisted in the A.I.F. aged 27, 14 Sept. 1916. He embarked from Sydney on board HMAT A19 Afric on 3 November 1916 and served with the 59th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement in France. He returned to Australia on HT Port Lyttelton, 10 June 1919

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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