Roy Frederick Arnold

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First name: Roy

Middle name: Frederick

Last name: Arnold

Personal information:

Roy Frederick Arnold was born in Bega, New South Wales in 1895. In 1912 he was apprenticed to the felt hat trade in Sydney. In 1914 he enlisted in the Australian Naval and Military Expedition Infantry Regiment and in 1915 in the 18th Battalion, Australian Imperial Expeditionary Force. He served in the Dardenelles and in France. In 1918 he won the Military Medal and finished the war as Sergeant Arnold. Between the wars he qualified as a dentist. He enlisted in 1940 and served as Captain in the Australian Dental Unit, part of the Australian Army Medical Corps. He was discharged on compassionate grounds following the death of his first wife in 1944.

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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