Verdi George Schwinghammer

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First name: Verdi

Middle name: George

Last name: Schwinghammer

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Verdi George Schwinghammer, clerk of Byron Bay, New South Wales was 25 years old when he embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra, 17 Nov. 1916. He was attached to the 42nd Battalion A.I.F., formed with men from Northern Rivers, New South Wales, and southern Queensland. He served in France June 1917-Apr. 1919, was wounded and spent some time in hospital in France and England before returning to Australia 16 June 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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