Norman Philip Scheidel

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First name: Norman

Middle name: Philip

Last name: Scheidel

Personal information:

Miss Lillian Scheidel's brother, Norman Philip Scheidel, a law clerk of Waverley, New South Wales and a number of his friends in New Guinea formed a group called the Swastika Boys, who enlisted for war service with 21st Militia Citizen Forces and 1st N & N Expeditionary Horse in New Guinea 1914. Only two of the group survived. In 25 June 1915 at the age of 21 Norman Scheidel embarked from Sydney on board Transport A40 Ceramic and served with the 18th Battalion. He was killed in action at Gallipoli, 22 Aug. 1915

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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