Thomas Ellis Nicholls

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First name: Thomas

Middle name: Ellis

Last name: Nicholls

Personal information:

Thomas Ellis Nicholls (Ellis), tailor's cutter of Croydon, Sydney enlisted aged 22 years, 13 Sept. 1915, embarked from Australia on HMT Gloucester Castle, 22 Dec. 1915 and worked at the 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital at Bulford, England and in France with his brother Harry. He returned to Australia on H.T. Castalia, 13 April 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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