Rupert Charles Nixon

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First name: Rupert

Middle name: Charles

Last name: Nixon

Personal information:

Private Rupert Charles Clive Wallace Nixon, a sailor, was born in Balmain, New South Wales and aged 21 when he enlisted, 29 Sept. 1914. He embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A38 Ulysses, 22 Dec. 1914 and served as a signaller in the 13th Battalion, 28 Nov. 1914-28 May 1919. He was wounded in Gallipoli, 3 May 1915, invalided to Australia on the Suevic, 8 Oct. 1915 and again embarked from Sydney on the Port Nicholson, 8 Nov. 1916. He was wounded in France, 6 Apr. 1918 and 8 Aug. 1918 and returned to Australia on the Mahia, 4 June 1919

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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