William Burrell

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First name: William

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Last name: Burrell

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Private - Sapper W. Burrell of Camperdown, Sydney served as a stretcher-bearer with B. Company 17th Battalion 5 Infantry Brigade A.I.F. in France and Belgium Apr. 1916 - Sep. 1917, when he was wounded and awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field. After treatment in England he returned to France with a railway unit, the 4th Australian B.G.R.O. Company, until repatriated in July 1919. Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A60 Aeneas

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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