Coat, Airman's Leather; The Hydark; 1914-1918; WY.2007.16


Coat, Airman's Leather

About this object

Our records indicate that this leather double breasted World War One Royal Flying Corp coat was worn by John Rushton Bayley (JR) of Edendale. John was born in Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire in 1901 and enlisted with the Royal Air Corp in Britain when he was only 16-years old.

Sometime after the war, John emigrated to New Zealand where he worked on farms and as a ploughing contractor. In 1928, he took up the position of Chief Engineer at the Sugar of Milk Lactose Factory in Edendale, and in 1931 he married Mary (Molly) Kerr Elliott.

In 1942, Molly and JR had a son named Rodger Lang Rushton Bayley. The couple's only child, Rodger died at aged 11 in 1953.

Molly and JR owned a large property in Edendale on which they planted hundreds of tree and hundreds of flowers. Their garden became a play ground for local children, perhaps some consolation for the loss of their son.


The Hydark

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Place Made

Europe, United Kingdom, England

Medium and Materials

organic, processed material, animal, skin, mammal skin, leather
organic, processed material, vegetal, fibre, cotton
inorganic, processed material, synthetic, plastic, bakelite
inorganic, processed material, metal, iron

Inscription and Marks

Makers tag on inside of neck: 'THE HYDARK GUARANTEED '.
Handwritten in black marker on inside of neck: 'WY200716'


l 1210 mm x w 430 mm

Subject and Association Keywords

Military - World War One

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Subject and Association Keywords

Clothing and Accessories

Subject and Association Keywords

People and Families (including births, weddings, deaths)

Object Type

occupation-based equipment

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