John Towers

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First name: John

Middle name:

Last name: Towers

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The letters of John Towers (known as Jack),to Emmie Aslin begin in 1907 and end in 1936. Towers was a shearer who worked in sheds in Walcha, Narrabri, Moree, Forbes,and Wellington, before joining the army in 1916. Jack and Emmie married before Towers sailed with the 19th Battalion, 5th Infantry Brigade on Transport A.31 in July 1916. After training on Salisbury Plain in England Private Towers sailed for France at the end of October. After being hit by shrapnel in May 1917 he was briefly treated in an army hospital at Rouen. Towers sailed from England for home in January 1918 and resumed work as an itinerant shearer. Emmie worked for many years for the Stewart family in Sydney, and there are a few letters from a very young James Stewart to Nur (Emmie) and Wowser (Jack). Stewart later became professor of Archaeology at Sydney University

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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