John Victor Armstong

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First name: John

Middle name: Victor

Last name: Armstong

Personal information:

John Victor Armstrong was born in June 1899 in Cooper's Shoot on the N.S.W. north coast. He enlisted at Lismore, N.S.W. age 18 in July 1916 and embarked from Sydney on board HMAT Benalla on November 9, 1916. He served in the 5th reinforcement of the 39th Battalion. He was wounded in action in France on June 9, 1918 and was reported to have 'very little hope of recovery'. He did recover, and was returned to Australia on the HT Takada December 24, 1918. He spent the remainder of his working life farming at Cooper's Shoot and raising four children with his wife Grace. He died in September 1967

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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