Thomas John McKinley

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First name: Thomas

Middle name: John

Last name: McKinley

Personal information:

Private Thomas John McKinley, originally of Tasmania, enlisted with the 8th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement, A.I.F at Broadmeadows Camp in Melbourne, Vic. on March 8, 1915. McKinley's unit embarked from Port Melbourne on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on June 17, 1915. He served in Egypt, the Dardanelles and France and was killed in action Sept. 11, 1916

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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