Wesley Paul Choat

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First name: Wesley

Middle name: Paul

Last name: Choat

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Private Wesley Choat enlisted with his brothers Archibald and Raymond Choat on the same day in 1915 in Adelaide. Wesley Choat trained in Egypt and went to France in 1916. Raymond and Archibald were killed in action 20 July 1916 at Fromelles and Wesley was taken prisoner on the same day. He was a prisoner of war until Oct. 1917 when he escaped and walked out through Holland, taking 5 weeks to reach England. He returned to Australia in February 1918

Wesley Paul Choat's Stories

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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