Hugh Orwin Monteith

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First name: Hugh

Middle name: Orwin

Last name: Monteith

Personal information:

Hugh Orwin Monteith, survey draughtsman of Marrickville, New South Wales was born in Castlemaine, Victoria and enlisted aged 17 years, 13 Oct. 1915. He embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla, 9 Nov. 1915 and served in Egypt, France and Belgium with the 3rd Battery, 1st Field Artillery Brigade. He was wounded in action 31 July 1917, gassed, 6 Nov. 1917 and wounded in Belgium, 10 Aug. 1917. He returned to Australia 12 Apr. 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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