John Duncan McRae

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First name: John

Middle name: Duncan

Last name: McRae

Personal information:

John Duncan McRae, draughtsman of Newtown, N.S.W., enlisted in Oct. 1916 at the age of 22. He embarked on the Suevic at the age of 22, Nov. 1916 and served as a private with the 19th Battalion, Australian Imperial Forces in France and Belgium, 1917. He was wounded in action in Belgium, 18 Sep. 1917 and died the next day

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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