William George Jones

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First name: William

Middle name: George

Last name: Jones

Personal information:

William Jones was born on 19 April 1883 in Limehouse, England. After serving in the Royal Navy from 19 Apr. 1901 to 18 Apr. 1913 he entered the service of the Royal Australian Navy, 16 May 1913 and served on HMAS Pioneer. Pioneer was in Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne when war with Germany was declared on 4 August 1914, and received her orders to withdraw to Australia on 8 August 1916, and was paid off on her return to Sydney on 7 November

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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