William Holmes

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First name: William

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Last name: Holmes

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General William Holmes served in the Boer War, where he saw operations in Cape Colony, Orange Free State, and Transvaal Nov. 1899-Aug. 1900 He was wounded at Diamond Hill 12th June, 1900 and awarded the D.S.O. He commanded the 1st Australian Infantry from 1902 to 1911, was promoted to colonel and appointed to command the 6th Infantry Brigade in 1912. During WWI Holmes commanded the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force which sailed from Sydney on HMAS Berrima,19 Aug. 1914. After the German governor surrendered Holmes became administrator of New Guinea until Jan. 1915. In March 1915 he was appointed commander of the 5th Infantry Brigade with the rank of colonel and served at the front line at Gallipoli and in France. He was killed at the Messines battlefield, 2 July 1917

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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