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WW1 Helmet - Helmet

From the Collection of Lara RSL Sub Branch McClelland Ave Lara Victoria

Description
Steel helmet with visible rusting and pitting. The underside of the helmet has worn padding and a chin strap.
Size
W31cms x L36cms x H12cms
Object Registration
977
Keywords
ww1, world war 1, helmet, shrapnel helmet, tommy helmet, tin hat, dishpan hat, tin pan hat, washbasin, battle bowler, australian army, army
Historical information
When the Australians prepared for Gallipoli, the British Service Cap (also called the peaked cap) was issued for the landing, even thought the Australians normally wore the khaki felt slouch hat with a plain wool khaki puggaree (hat band) and the Australian General Service ('Rising Sun') badge on the lopped up (left) side, and with a leather chin strap.

Once the Anzacs reached the Western Front, they were issued with the British Brodie steel helmet, like this one. Designed and patented in 1915 by Englishman John Leopold Brodie.

Colloquially, it was called the shrapnel helmet, Tommy helmet, and Tin Hat. It was also known as the dishpan hat, tin pan hat, washbasin and the battle bowler when worn by officers.

As the cold set in on the Western Front, soldiers were issued with a "cap comforter", which was basically a knitted rectangle item with fold down ear flaps).
Significance
This helmet is representative of the type of equipment issued to infantrymen during World War I.
Inscriptions & Markings
on underside: Maj.I.Barnes
Last updated
30 Jan 2020 at 1:09PM