John Brooks

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First name: John

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Last name: Brooks

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Private John Brooks, clerk of Parkside, South Australia embarked from Adelaide on board HMAT A16 Port Melbourne, 23 Oct. 1916 and served with the 50th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement in France and Belgium until wounded on 24 April 1918. He returned to Australia 15 Sept. 1918

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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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