Leslie William Sutherland

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First name: Leslie

Middle name: William

Last name: Sutherland

Personal information:

Leslie William Sutherland, a carpenter of Murrumbeena, Victoria enlisted with 1st Signal Troop (1st Light Horse Brigade) aged 21, 19 Aug. 1914 and embarked from Melbourne on board Transport A10 Karroo, 20 Oct. 1914. He served in Egypt and the Dardanelles, 1914-1916. He then served as a pilot with the 1st Squadron of the Australian Flying Corps in Palestine, later compiling an official history of this squadron and in 1935 publishing a book on it. He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal, 1917 and the Military Cross, 1918. He was appointed Flying Officer (Pilot) in Egypt, Jan. 1919 and returned to Australia on HT Port Sydney, Mar. 1919

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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