Lancelot McArthur Ottway

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First name: Lancelot

Middle name: McArthur

Last name: Ottway

Personal information:

Sergeant L. M. Ottway, ironmonger of Marrickville, NSW, enlisted in the A.I.F. in Sydney, on 3 Nov. 1915 and embarked on board HMAT A71 Nestor, 9 April 1916. 20th Battalion. Private on NR?

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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