Walter Harold Elkington

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First name: Walter

Middle name: Harold

Last name: Elkington

Personal information:
Walter Harold Elkington, a grocer of Summer Hill, Sydney enlisted aged 23, on 22 Sept. 1915, embarked from Sydney on board HMAT A67 Orsova on 11 March 1916 and served with the 20th Battalion, 10th Reinforcement. He was awarded the Military Cross for his actions at Villers Bretonneux where he was severely wounded, 8th August 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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