During the First World War, Australian soldiers wore a loose-fitting tunic made from wool. There were four pockets on the outside and another on the inside that held a field dressing. A Rising Sun badge was positioned on each collar, with a colour patch on the sleeves.

Soldiers were also issued a thick woollen trench coat, known as a “greatcoat”. They protected against cold weather and they were also often used as bedding.

Wedding portrait of Trooper William Wallace Chatfield and his bride, Mary Jane Cain

Even after the First World War ended, some soldiers, like Private William Chatfield (second from left), wore their uniforms to their weddings. Why do you think they may have done this?


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