Jabez Leonard Lawry Waterhouse

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First name: Jabez

Middle name: Leonard Lawry

Last name: Waterhouse

Personal information:

Jabez Leonard Lawry Waterhouse (Leo), a farm labourer of Dungog, New South Wales, enlisted aged 22, 21 June 1915 and served in Egypt and France with the 12th Reinforcements, 1st Field Ambulance and later with the Australian Flying Corps. He was hospitalised in England with appendicitis, Dec. 1916, joined the Australian Flying Corps July 1917 and graduated as Flying Officer Nov. 1918. He was promoted lieutenant Feb. 1919 and returned to Australia on SS Kaiser-i-Hind, May 1919. See Ollie Oakley

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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