James Baillie

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First name: James

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Last name: Baillie

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Private James Baillie, a labourer of North Sydney, New South Wales, was 28 years old when he enlisted, 22 Dec. 1914 and embarked from Sydney on board HMAT A48 Seang Bee, 11 February 1915. He was a member of the 13th Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade. A.I.F. He fought throughout the Gallipoli campaign from the first landing on 25 April 1915 to the final withdrawal on 20 December 1915. He was wounded in action, 11 Aug. 1916 and returned to Australia on the Benalla, 13 Feb. 1917

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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