Sydney James Stutley

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First name: Sydney

Middle name: James

Last name: Stutley

Personal information:

Corporal S. J. D. Stutley, a Methodist minister, enlisted aged 23 in Adelaide, South Australia, on Sept. 1915 and embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 28 January 1916. He served as a gunner in Egypt 7-25 Mar. 1916 and in France and Belgium, 23 Mar.-9 Sept. 1916, with the 17th Battery, Australian Field Artillery. He was invalided back to Australia on the Nestor, arriving 21 Sept. 1917

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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