John James Vial

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First name: John

Middle name: James

Last name: Vial

Personal information:

John James Vial, bricklayer of St. Peters, New South Wales, enlisted Sept. 1914, embarked from Sydney on Transport A19 Afric, 18 Oct. 1914 and served in Gallipoli, 1915, returning to Australia May 1916 before re-embarking on Euripides Sept. 1916 and serving in France and Belgium where he was killed in action, 3 Oct. 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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