Unknown soldier, France, 1917-1918

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First name:

Middle name:

Last name: Unknown

Personal information:

Two brief but descriptive letters written by a serviceman (Dodd/Doddin) to his aunt. We don’t know the name of the serviceman or his aunt.

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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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