Lionel Wilshire

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First name: Lionel

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Last name: Wilshire

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Lionel Ernest Osborne Wilshire enlisted 7 Sept. 1917 aged 29 and embarked from Sydney on board HMAT A72 Beltana on 13 May 1916. He served with the 35th and 36th Battalion in France and was killed in action, 31 May 1917

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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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