Oscar Rhodes

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First name: Oscar

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Last name: Rhodes

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Corporal Oscar Rhodes, a journalist of Campsie, New South Wales, embarked from Sydney on HMAT A35 Berrima, 25 June 1915 and served as a signaller with the 20th Battalion in Egypt, Gallipoli and France. He was wounded with loss of left leg at Butte de Warlencourt, France, 25 Feb. 1917 and discharged as medically unfit, Sydney, 13 August 1918

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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