Thomas Ray Crooks

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First name: Thomas

Middle name: Ray

Last name: Crooks

Personal information:

Sergeant on enlist, Lieutenant on NR, embarked from Sydney on board HMAT A48 Seang Bee, 11 Febr. 1915 and served in the 13th and 45th Battalions. He took part in campaigns in the Dardanelles, France and Belgium and was wounded in action in France, 6 Aug. 1916. He was awarded the Military Cross for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty, Mar. 1917. He returned to Australia 13 Mar. 1918

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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