Oscar Melly

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First name: Oscar

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Last name: Melly

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Gunner O. Melly, miner of Haymarket, NSW embarked from Sydney on board HMAT A30 Borda, 17 Oct. 1916. He served 9 months in France and Belgium in the 1st Medium Artillery, 3rd Reinforcements, Heavy Truck Motor Battery, A.I.F. in the battle areas of Ypres and Bullecourt. Seems to have joined up in Dubbo

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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