Thomas Joseph Cleary

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First name: Thomas

Middle name: Joseph

Last name: Cleary

Personal information:

T. J. Cleary served as a private in the Australian Imperial Forces, transferring from his original battalion to the 2nd Pioneer Battalion May, 1916. He was stationed in Egypt Apr. - May 1916 and later served in France and Belgium

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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