Claude Cicognani diary, 1914 - 1915

Cicognani diary, 1 November 1914-September 1915 / Henry Claude Cicognani
MLMSS 1238
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Harry Cicognani, a commercial salesman of Glebe, N.S.W. was born in Gulgong, N.S.W. and was aged 26 when he enlisted in Sydney, 25 Aug. 1914. He embarked from Sydney on board Transport A14 Euripides, 20 Oct. 1914 and served with the 1st Field Ambulance in Egypt, Gallipoli and France. He was reported missing in action in France, 1 Sept. 1916, having been captured by the Germans at Mouquet Farm in August 1916 and interned at Dulmen in Germany. He was transferred to Holland in Feb. 1918, rejoined the 13th field Ambulance and remained in England until he returned to Australia on the Runic, 23 Sept. 1918

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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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