Samuel Jabez Richards

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First name: Samuel

Middle name: Jabez

Last name: Richards

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Samuel Jabez Richards, a doctor and surgeon in practice at Mount Morgan, Queensland in 1914, applied for a commission in the Australian Imperial Expeditionary Force aged 50, 26 Oct. 1914 and was appointed a major. He embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAS A55 Kyarra on 5 Dec. 1914 and was attached to the First Australian Clearing Hospital in Egypt, 23 Jan.-1 Mar. 1915 and Gallipoli, 6 Mar.-13 July 1915. He died of pneumonia at the Dardanelles, on hospital ship Sicilia, 21 July 1915 and was buried at sea

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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